Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Year of Darwin 10/21/2014: Darwin's go-to for evidence: pigeons!

 Charles Darwin

"As has always been my practice, let us seek light on this head from our domestic productions. We shall here find something analogous. A fancier is struck by a pigeon having a slightly shorter beak; another fancier is struck by a pigeon having a rather longer beak..." Charles Darwin, Origin of Species 1st edition (on Kindle)

The question proposed is this: how can small changes that separate varieties become more significant and delimit species. 


Submitted revisions, apparently major ones, to Biological Conservation. We'll see if this ms passes the mustard. This is for a special issue that just covers understory tropical insectivorous birds. Need to work on the intro paper. Then review this food web paper we've been working on. Then I'd like to write up the clay caterpillar data we will finish collecting data for this Friday (pictures on the way). Then a review of understory insectivores around the world. Then a review of the use of clay caterpillars in ecology. And hopefully, in there, my phd stuff. That's the plan Stan. 

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