FLUMP: featuring our 1st anniversary, the nation of Palau, and urban biodiversity (No Comments)

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The Rock Islands of Palau, hosting some of the most popular dive sites in the world, are home to a wide variety of marine taxa

It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and other stuff) that we found interesting but didn’t have the time to write an entire post about. If you think there’s something we missed, or have something to say, please share in the comments section!

Well, friday sure did sneak up on me this week. Here’s a nice post about the first paper from a new NCEAS working group that aims to study biodiversity among the world’s cities. I really like the mixed approach that they are taking. It includes loads of collaborators from a bunch of different countries. It’s the same approach that we’ve taken with this blog.

Speaking of this blog, last week marked one year since we launched. That’s pretty exciting! In our first year of collaborative, multinational blogging, we’ve produced 101 posts from 32 contributors representing 5 countries and 13 institutions. Our most popular posts are a tie between Jon Lefcheck’s Paradox of the Phytoplankton posts (1 and 2), and our first interview: Diverse Introspectives with Peter Kareiva. Want to join the group? Contribute your posts here. We are always interested in hearing feedback from the community, too. Have any suggestions for improving the site in the next year? Share them in the comments! -Fletcher Halliday

After all the recent news regarding the Great Barrier Reef, ocean critters everywhere desperately needed a win.  Fortunately, Palau’s willing to put the team on its back.  Last Tuesday, the Pacific island nation’s president announced plans to ban all commercial fishing in the near future, making its surrounding waters a 100% marine sanctuary.  This 200 nautical mile stretch of ocean will be used almost exclusively for ecotourism, an industry that for this tropical country appears more sustainable than industrial fishing.  Though questions remain as to how effectively this ban can be enforced, it’s promising to see biodiversity being prioritized in national policy. -Nate Johnson

In an era where expert knowledge is considered a valuable source of information, used in different applied problems, such as species distribution models and in the elaboration of red lists, Michael Caley and colleagues asked an interesting question: What is an expert?  They proposed a system modeling approach, based on Bayesian networks, capable to quantify the level of expertise of researchers.

In a new Ecology Letters paper, titled “Phylogenetic approaches for studying diversification”, Hélène Morlon carried out a through review of the main methods and models used to study diversification processes based on phylogenetic data. She also points out that the greatest advances in this field will depend on “our ability to embrace the use of diversification models in community ecology, the science of interaction networks and conservation biology.”

A couple days ago, we celebrated the Darwin Day (He was born in February 12th, 1809). There are still some events going on around the World in order to celebrate the life and the work of one of the most important scientist of all times! Here is a list of some of the ongoing activities.   -Vinicius Bastazini

 

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