Southern Pine Beetle in New Jersey: NY Times

In Book Club we have been talking about whether scientists still refer to the balance of nature, and equilibrium kinds of conditions. So for the purposes of NCFP, I think it’s interesting to pursue this mystery with stories in real time. Thanks to Dan Botkin for sending this NY Times article: Notice that “scientists say …

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Assemblages, Ecosystems and Change: Chapter 4, Virtual Book Club

One of the topics addressed in Chapter 4 is Margaret Davis’ pollen work (pages 80-82 in the hardcopy edition). We people who study trees are familiar with the ideas of how different species came back from their refugia during glaciation, and how different assemblages of species have occurred through time. Many different groups of plants …

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Botkin Chapter 3: The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale

Sharon is busy with schoolwork this week and has asked me to pinch-hit on the Botkin book discussion blog. PLEASE make all comments at the book blog location once this has been posted here by using the link in the upper right hand corner under the Botkin book icon. If you haven’t visited the site …

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Virtual Book Club Assignment: Chapter 1

Since Botkin did a great job in the introduction of summarizing the whole book, I thought we could go chapter by chapter through the book, and end up with the introduction to see if we missed anything. So here are some tickler questions: 1) Is there something you strongly agree/disagree with? 2) Is there something …

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Moon and the Nautilus Shell VBC II. The Ecosystem Idea and O’Neill’s Critique

As I read it, the key question in Botkin’s book is found on page xii on my Kindle.. “Whatever the scientist’s knowledge of the dynamic, changing properties of nature, the formal representations of these remove such considerations in most cases…whether or not environmental scientists know about geological time and evolutionary biology, their policies ignore them. …

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Virtual Book Club- Moon and the Nautilus Shell-I-Introductions

WE HAVE MOVED THIS DISCUSSION TO A NEW BLOG HERE To be honest, I’ve never been in a book club before. So this is an adventure. I thought we should start by introducing ourselves and telling our stories or, at least, some stories. One of the great things about Dan’s book is the stories he …

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