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EEID 2014 Wrap-Up

June 5th, 2014 · No Comments · Evolution, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease, science

It’s been a long time since I’ve written in monkey’s uncle. Life has gotten pretty busy and my seeming inability to write brief entries has led me to neglect the blog this year. However, I am freshly back from the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado and feel compelled to […]

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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease, 2013

March 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Climate Change, Conservation, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease, science

I am recently back from the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) Principal Investigators’ Meeting hosted by the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia in lovely Athens. This is a remarable event, and a remarkable field, and I can’t remember ever being so energized after returning from a professional conference (which […]

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On The Dilution Effect

March 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Conservation, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease

A new paper written by Dan Salkeld (formerly of Stanford), Kerry Padgett (CA Department of Public Health), and myself just came out in the journal Ecology Letters this week. One of the most important ideas in disease ecology is a hypothesis known as the “dilution effect”. The basic idea behind the dilution effect hypothesis is […]

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Complexity and Nihilism

April 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Anthropology, Human Ecology

This week in class I tried to take on the topic of complexity, as in “complex systems theory.”  Complexity is a very important topic in human ecology, and biosocial science more generally.  It’s also a topic that worries me a bit. It worries for two reasons. First, it seems all too easy for people to […]

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Press on our PNAS Paper

September 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Conservation, Human Ecology

Our new paper at PNAS has been out a day now and Wired Magazine has already done a story on it.  It’s a nice piece but it gets several things hilariously wrong. It says: Bird’s team recently published a study on “fire stick farming,” a traditional method of ecosystem management still used by aborigines in Australia’s Western […]

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Demographic Terminology

September 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

According to Hanna Kokko’s Anti-Finglish kit for ecologists, the Finnish term for the basic reproduction number is lisääntymiskerroin.  That’s awesome.  I think that’s what I’m going to call it from now on … if I can just figure out how to pronounce that!

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