For those that asked, here is the reading list from Ken Thompson’s “12 months in (the science of) ecology” talk, from the 2018 British Ecological Society Annual Meeting.
“What amazes me when I look back at some of my early papers, which I try not to do, is how much I used to know”.
Tracking ecology is not old-fashioned Nature 556, 309 (2018) doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-04626-y
Ma, Z. et al, 2018, Evolutionary history resolves global organization of root functional traits, Nature volume 555, pages 94–97 (01 March 2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature25783
Lutz JA, Furniss TJ, Johnson DJ, et al. Global importance of large‐diameter trees. Global Ecol Biogeogr. 2018;27:849–864. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12747
Pendergrass, A. G., & Knutti, R. (2018). The uneven nature of daily precipitation and its change. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 11,980–11,988. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL080298
Závorka L, Buoro M, Cucherousset J. The negative ecological impacts of a globally introduced species decrease with time since introduction. Glob Change Biol. 2018;24:4428–4437. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14323
Kołodziej‐Sobocińska, M. , Brzeziński, M. , Niemczynowicz, A. and Zalewski, A. (2018), High parasite infection level in non‐native invasive species: it is just a matter of time. Ecography, 41: 1283-1294. doi:10.1111/ecog.03362
Ricciardi, A. & Ryan, R. Biol Invasions (2018) The exponential growth of invasive species denialism 20: 549. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-017-1561-7
Sagoff, M. Biol Invasions (2018) Invasive species denialism: a reply to Ricciardi and Ryan 20: 2723. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-018-1752-x
R.M. Cook, F. Parrini, L.E. King, E.T.F. Witkowski, M.D. Henley (2018). African honeybees as a mitigation method for elephant impact on trees. Biological Conservation 217: 329-336 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.11.024.
Graham Robertson, Phillip Ashworth, Peter Ashworth, Ian Carlyle, Sebastián Jiménez, Rodrigo Forselledo, Andrés Domingo, Steven G. Candy (2018) Setting baited hooks by stealth (underwater) can prevent the incidental mortality of albatrosses and petrels in pelagic longline fisheries, Biological Conservation 225: 134-143,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.06.026
Beerling, D. J. et al (2018) Farming with crops and rocks to address global climate, food and soil security. Nature Plants volume 4, pages138–147 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-018-0108-y
Schlesinger WH, Amundson R. Managing for soil carbon sequestration: Let’s get realistic. Glob Change Biol. 2018;00:1–4. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14478
Walpole, M., & Davidson, N. (2018). Stop draining the swamp: It’s time to tackle wetland loss. Oryx, 52(4), 595-596. doi:10.1017/S0030605318001059
Tape KD, Jones BM, Arp CD, Nitze I, Grosse G. Tundra be dammed: Beaver colonization of the Arctic. Glob Change Biol. 2018;24:4478–4488. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14332
“If you’re planning on using one of these, think about it—and then don’t.”
Sutton, N. M. & O’Dwyer J. P. (2018) Born to Run? Quantifying the Balance of Prior Bias and New Information in Prey Escape Decisions. The American Naturalist 2018 192:3, 321-331
Grimm‐Seyfarth, A. , Mihoub, J. , Gruber, B. and Henle, K. (2018), Some like it hot: from individual to population responses of an arboreal arid‐zone gecko to local and distant climate. Ecol Monogr, 88: 336-352. doi:10.1002/ecm.1301
“Gardening is the perfect antidote to thinking that one year’s field data means anything at all”
Mark Paul & Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji (2018) Small farms, smaller plots: land size, fragmentation, and productivity in Ethiopia, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 45:4, 757-775, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2016.1278365
Brindley, P., Jorgensen, A. Maheswaran, R. (2018) Domestic gardens and self-reported health: a national population study. International Journal of Health Geographics201817:31 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12942-018-0148-6
Adamowicz, B. M et al (2018): Broad interests reap benefits for science. Science 06 Jul 2018: Vol. 361, Issue 6397, pp. 24-26 DOI: 10.1126/science.aau3978
‘As a biotechnologist, I manipulate experimental variables under the most precise conditions. Gardening, in contrast, is much less controlled. Not everything will go the way that I want it to go, but that’s okay. Gardening teaches me patience and reminds me that it is natural for things to go unexpectedly.’
Adam Langley J, Chapman SK, La Pierre KJ, et al. Ambient changes exceed treatment effects on plant species abundance in global change experiments. Glob Change Biol. 2018;24:5668–5679. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14442
Kreyling, J. , Schweiger, A. H., Bahn, M. , Ineson, P. , Migliavacca, M. , Morel‐Journel, T. , Christiansen, J. R., Schtickzelle, N. and Larsen, K. S. (2018), To replicate, or not to replicate – that is the question: how to tackle nonlinear responses in ecological experiments. Ecol Lett, 21: 1629-1638. doi:10.1111/ele.13134
Mac Nally R, Duncan RP, Thomson JR, Yen JDL. Model selection using information criteria, but is the “best” model any good? J Appl Ecol. 2018;55:1441–1444. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13060
Menge, D. et al. (2018). Logarithmic scales in ecological data presentation may cause misinterpretation Nature Ecology & Evolution volume 2, pages1393–1402. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0610-7
Hanna Kokko (2017). Give one species the task to come up with a theory that spans them all: what good can come out of that? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences http://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.1652
- We think of separate sexes as ‘normal’, but hermaphroditism is very common.
- What would evolutionary theory look like had Darwin been a slime mould?
- Papers on reptiles, amphibians or fishes spend more than twice as many lines of text as mammal or bird papers in describing the ecological question being addressed before ‘zooming in’ on a specific species.
(And one bonus from the editorial office –Hindsight: Ken Thompson looks back at “The influence of the rate of temperature change on the activation of dormant seeds of Rumex obtusifolius L”)