Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Year of Darwin 12/16/2014:Humanity grasps global change

 Charles Darwin

"The fact of the forms of life changing simultaneously, in the above large sense, at distant parts of the world, has greatly struck those admirable observers, MM. de Verneuil and d'Archiac. After referring to the parallelism of the palaeozoic forms of life in various parts of Europe, they add, "If struck by this strange sequence, we turn our attention to North America, and there discover a series of analogous phenomena, it will appear certain that all these modifications of species, their extinction, and the introduction of new ones, cannot be owing to mere change in marine currents or other causes more or less local and temporary, but depend on general laws which govern the whole animal kingdom."  Charles Darwin, Origin of Species 1st edition (on Kindle)

What I get from this is that science is having an Oh Crap moment - that forces just don't act locally but something about the conditions of the planet change and affect the organisms everywhere. 

Wrapping up revisions on a book chapter tonight - a review of birds and forests - and hopefully doing some analysis for a paper on habitat and giving up densities in squirrels -measuring how risk by the number of seeds remaining in trays in a given time (a week). The data are zero-inflated binomially distributed. I was handed crap and now I need to make it shiny. 


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