Bridging, not building, divides in ecology [Things you should read]

There is an excellent post over at EEB & Flow on the empirical divide,inspired by an editorial by David Lindenmayer and Gene Likens in the most recent ESA Bulletin, titled “Losing the Culture of Ecology”. It was great to see some thoughtful and data driven consideration of the idea that we should choose to emphasize one broad area of ecology over another. I really like their conclusion that these “divides” are really driven by other things:

The tensions between “indoor ecology” and field ecology have been conflated with changes in the philosophy of modern ecology, in the difficulties of obtaining funding and publishing as a modern ecologist, and some degree of thinking the “grass is always greener” in the other field. In fact, the empirical divide may not be as wide as is often suggested.

This post motivated some discussion in the comments, and on Twitter,

https://twitter.com/#!/ethanwhite/status/95696496741203969

https://twitter.com/#!/ethanwhite/status/95697531081732097

https://twitter.com/#!/recology_/status/95699437812326400

And a nice follow up post by Jeremy Fox at the Oikos blog.

It’s all pretty short and well worth the read.

9 Comments on “Bridging, not building, divides in ecology [Things you should read]

  1. Pingback: More on bridging divides in ecology « Oikos Blog

  2. I think the coolest part of all of this is how the ecology blog world has reacted. Its wonderful to see thoughtful discourse on an important topic to ecology and where we are going as a field happen on blogs. I think it points to the future (or the present really, ESA just needs to catch up and get a good blog like Oikos does). I might add that I’d have never heard of the original article if not for blogs because I don’t actually read the bulletin but I do read blogs.

  3. Yeah, it’s great to see this kind of dialogue developing in ecology. I find it fun, but intimidating, trying to keep up when these conversations really get moving in real time.

  4. Pingback: A Plea for Pluralism « Jabberwocky Ecology

  5. Yes, it’s hilarious what you can find when, just out of curiosity, you google “Likens mathematical model”.

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