Losing the big ones: human impacts on mammalian body size distribution

Humans have modified the Earth in many ways. We have deforested many areas, some long ago (like Europe) and some more recently (like the Amazon). We hunt many species, some to extinction. We pollute and even change the climate (there is no denying that!). We also do some “good things” to remedy these impacts and … Continue reading Losing the big ones: human impacts on mammalian body size distribution

Phylogenetic trophic niche conservatism: or the importance of high quality data

2016 has been an annus horribilis in many ways, but it has also been my most productive (publication wise) year. Compared to the top, most prolific ecologists out there, my five papers* this year are perhaps pitiful, but for me this year has brought more papers and also special ones. One paper each by my … Continue reading Phylogenetic trophic niche conservatism: or the importance of high quality data

Brain size and extinction risk in mammals: or the most difficult paper to publish (yet)

My last entry was about a paper that I really enjoying doing. This entry is also about a paper I enjoyed doing (skip to the subtitle to read more about that) and how my joy was ruined by the publishing hurdles. We submitted this paper for the first time nearly three years before it was … Continue reading Brain size and extinction risk in mammals: or the most difficult paper to publish (yet)