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Peter Turchin Home - Peter Turchin
"Peter Turchin is a scientist and an author who wants to understand how human societies evolve, and why we see such a staggering degree of inequality in economic performance and effectiveness of governance among nations (see Research Interests). Peter’s approach to answering these questions blends theory building with the analysis of data. He is the founder of a new transdisciplinary field of Cliodynamics, which uses the tools of complexity science and cultural evolution to study the dynamics of historical empires and modern nation-states."
people  research  complexity  ecology  population  modeling 
january 2017 by tsuomela
"In the forests of northern Ontario, a “strange phenomenon” of large natural rings occurs, where thousands of circles, as large as two kilometers in diameter, appear in the remote landscape."
forestry  weird  environment  electricity  ecology 
january 2016 by tsuomela
Biodiversity Heritage Library
"The Biodiversity Heritage Library works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community."
library  biology  biological-sciences  diversity  biodiversity  environment  ecology  nature 
december 2014 by tsuomela
Introduction to Peter Morville book - Interwingled.
book  excerpt  complexity  ecology  information  metaphor 
october 2014 by tsuomela
National Ecological Observatory Network | NEON
"NEON is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. We provide freely available data, educational resources and scientific infrastructure for research."
ecology  academic-center  observatory  environment  cooperative 
may 2014 by tsuomela
Natural History's Place in Science and Society
"The fundamental properties of organisms—what they are, how and where they live, and the biotic and abiotic interactions that link them to communities and ecosystems—are the domain of natural history. We provide examples illustrating the vital importance of natural history knowledge to many disciplines, from human health and food security to conservation, management, and recreation. We then present several lines of evidence showing that traditional approaches to and support for natural history in developed economies has declined significantly over the past 40 years. Finally, we argue that a revitalization of the practice of natural history—one that is focused on new frontiers in a rapidly changing world and that incorporates new technologies—would provide significant benefits for both science and society."
natural-history  sts  science  biology  ecology  history  discipline  citizen-science 
april 2014 by tsuomela
[1305.6700] Early warning signals: The charted and uncharted territories
"The realization that complex systems such as ecological communities can collapse or shift regimes suddenly and without rapid external forcing poses a serious challenge to our understanding and management of the natural world. The potential to identify early warning signals that would allow researchers and managers to predict such events before they happen has therefore been an invaluable discovery that offers a way forward in spite of such seemingly unpredictable behavior. Research into early warning signals has demonstrated that it is possible to define and detect such early warning signals in advance of a transition in certain contexts. Here we describe the pattern emerging as research continues to explore just how far we can generalize these results."
complexity  ecology  environment  systems 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Yellowstone Wolf Project Citizen Science
"Huck Institutes graduate student Emily Almberg harnesses the passion of the wolf-watching community with a citizen science website aimed at improving research and public awareness."
citizen-science  ecology  national-parks  observation  biology 
may 2013 by tsuomela
People Are Sickening: The Bug’s Eye View of Pandemic Games | PopMatters
"In pushing the logic of so many video games—with their insistent focus on death and domination—to its absurdist conclusion, then, the pandemic sim creates a marvelous kind of satire with ecological undertones. It makes us think twice about the kinds of games we play, and about the surprisingly asocial nature of the intelligence required to win even—or especially—the most innocuous of them. It turns the perspectiveless nature of modern gameplay in newly productive directions, asking us to experience the world as the so-called villains do. But in the end it’s still a primitive kind of game, one in which someone needs to win and someone needs to lose. By maintaining this simplistic division of the world into heroes and villains, the pandemic simulator remains tied to the misrepresentations of life that drive so much of gaming, and so much of the worldview that games represent and promote. It cannot think beyond winning as domination, and that domination—in a networked, ecological world—still looks like a lot like loss. Then again, if the developers of Plague, Inc. cannot come up with a convincing way of winning with the worldview we have created, perhaps that, too, is only appropriate."
games  simulation  criticism  pandemic  ecology 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Pics, shoots and leaves: Ecologists turn digital cameras into climate change tools
"As digital cameras become better and cheaper, ecologists are turning these ubiquitous consumer devices into scientific tools to study how forests are responding to climate change. And, they say, digital cameras could be a cost-effective way of visually monitoring the spread of tree diseases. The results -- which come from 38,000 photographs -- are presented at this week's British Ecological Society's Annual Meeting at the University of Birmingham."
science  digital  photography  ecology  biology  tools 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Welcome to NCEAS | NCEAS
"Scientists at NCEAS use existing information to address important questions in ecology and allied disciplines. Hundreds of scholars, including Postdoctoral Associates, Center (Sabbatical) Fellows, and visitors in Working Groups collaborate at NCEAS each year on scores of projects."
research  academic-center  ecology  environment  synthesis 
october 2012 by tsuomela
The Vigorous North
A field guide to inner-city wilderness areas.
weblog-individual  environment  community  urban  urbanism  design  ecology 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases -
If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back to haunt us in ways we know little about. A critical example is a developing model of infectious disease that shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease and hundreds more that have occurred over the last several decades — don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature.
environment  ecology  biology  disease  epidemiology  epidemics  nature  evolution  geography 
july 2012 by tsuomela
World Forum for Acoustic Ecology
The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), founded in 1993, is an international association of affiliated organizations and individuals in Europe, North America, Japan, and Australia that share a common concern with the state of the world's soundscapes. WFAE members represent a multi-disciplinary spectrum of individuals engaged in the study of the social, cultural and ecological aspects of the sonic environment.
sound  acoustics  ecology  environment  perception  commons  professional-association 
july 2012 by tsuomela
I cite: Theory
"Issue 15.1 takes up systems, processes, and habits of power. Ranging from the geological scale of oil and glaciers to the personal scale of memory and habit, the articles in this issue confound conventional disciplinary determinations of what can be thought with what, of what belongs together. They creatively reassemble the components of contemporary theory to approach the capitalist economy as an ecology, expanded state power as an individual desire for freedom, memory as segregated, habits as volatile, and biopolitics as depoliticizing. As they engage Toni Morrison and Sigmund Freud, Felix Ravaisson and James Baldwin, to mention but a few, the pieces in this first issue of Volume 15 enact the expansive approach to political theory not only for which Theory
journal  introduction  politics  culture  ecology  capitalism  marxian 
april 2012 by tsuomela
echovar » Blog Archive » A Permanent Sense of Asymmetry: Watching the Non-Human Enter
"As Morton points out, in the age of ecology there is no clean transaction you can walk away from. The fact that everything is connected isn’t something you can turn off when it’s inconvenient. There’s always something still owed, a remaining debt. Morton describes this as the viscous quality of the hyperobject, the more you know about it the more it sticks to you. And as Graeber shows, capital fails to capture the full extent of a transaction because it doesn’t fully represent the object. In the social context of the transaction, there’s always a remainder, the market never fully clears. At the level of capital and pricing, the numbers always add up, but the object of the transaction is broadcasting on multiple frequencies. And if you hold the concept of capital in abeyance for just a moment, you’ll find there were many more parties to the transaction than you had assumed, and if you listen closely, you can hear that the non-human has continued its relationship with you. "
ecology  economics  transaction  exchange  commons  debt  capital  relationship  gifts  meta-analysis  fundamental  objects  object-oriented-ontology  literature  poetry 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Ecology and Society:  Scale and Governance
Special issue of journal Ecology and Society, v. 16.2 2011
scale  governance  ecology 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Open Source Ecology
"The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts."
open-source  ecology  environment  civilization  manufacturing  makers  making  technology  crisis 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Ecology without Nature
"Timothy Morton is Professor of English (Literature and the Environment) at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of The Ecological Thought (Harvard UP, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard UP, 2007), seven other books and over seventy essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, food and music. "
weblog-individual  environment  ecology  object-oriented-ontology 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Assessing citizen science data quality: an invasive species case study - Crall - Conservation Letters - Wiley Online Library
An increase in the number of citizen science programs has prompted an examination of their ability to provide data of sufficient quality. We tested the ability of volunteers relative to professionals in identifying invasive plant species, mapping their distributions, and estimating their abundance within plots. We generally found that volunteers perform almost as well as professionals in some areas, but that we should be cautious about data quality in both groups. We analyzed predictors of volunteer success (age, education, experience, science literacy, attitudes) in training-related skills, but these proved to be poor predictors of performance and could not be used as effective eligibility criteria. However, volunteer success with species identification increased with their self-identified comfort level. Based on our case study results, we offer lessons learned and their application to other programs and provide recommendations for future research in this area.
citizen-science  biology  ecology  data-collection  accuracy  research 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Open the Future: Evolution
"There’s one concept from biology that I’ve been mulling for awhile, and I think it has quite a bit to say about our current global situation.

It’s an element of the concept of “ecological succession,” the term for how ecosystems respond to disruptive change. A fundamental part of that process is the “r/K selection model,” with a little r and a big K, which is a way of thinking about the reproductive strategy that living species employ within a changing environment."
evolution  ecology  selection  culture  resilience 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Human Ecology: A Theoretical Essay, Hawley
"Human Ecology: A Theoretical Essay, by Amos Hawley, presents for the first time a unified theory of human ecology by a scholar whose name is virtually synonymous with the discipline."
book  publisher  evolution  ecology  human 
april 2011 by tsuomela | Creating a future that works
This site is for sharing knowledge and information about managing holistically. Holistic management works to create simultaneous personal, social, economic, and ecological benefit, rather pursuing benefit for one element at cost to another.

This site features real-world information direct from people with practical experience. Not knowledge from "experts" whose theories don't fit the facts. Not techniques whose short-term success causes long-term problems. Just practical know-how from real people who do the "impossible"—such as increasing biodiversity and profit.
ecology  management  business  paradigm  environment  expertise 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Join The Hunt for Bees! | The Great Sunflower Project
In 2008, we started this project as a way to gather information about our urban, suburban and rural bee populations. We wanted to enlist people all over the US and Canada to observe their bees and be citizen scientists. We asked them to plant sunflowers in their gardens so we could standardize study of bee activity and provide more resources for bees. Sunflowers are relatively easy to grow and are wildly attactive to bees.
citizen-science  biology  bees  science  online  projects  ecology  nature 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Encyclopedia of Earth
Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Earth, an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The articles are written in non-technical language and are useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.
education  science  environment  reference  encyclopedia  earth  ecology  geography  expertise  reputation 
september 2010 by tsuomela
ESA Online Journals - Journal - Table of Contents
Science, Communication, and Controversies issue of Frontier in Ecology and Environment
science  journal  communication  ecology  special-issue  papers 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Nothing Grows Forever | Mother Jones
Peter Victor is an economist who has been asking a heretical question: Can the Earth support endless growth?
economics  growth  future  ecology 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Lab Experiments for the Study of Social-Ecological Systems -- Janssen et al. 328 (5978): 613 -- Science
Governance of social-ecological systems is a major policy problem of the contemporary era. Field studies of fisheries, forests, and pastoral and water resources have identified many variables that influence the outcomes of governance efforts. We introduce an experimental environment that involves spatial and temporal resource dynamics in order to capture these two critical variables identified in field research. Previous behavioral experiments of commons dilemmas have found that people are willing to engage in costly punishment, frequently generating increases in gross benefits, contrary to game-theoretical predictions based on a static pay-off function. Results in our experimental environment find that costly punishment is again used but lacks a gross positive effect on resource harvesting unless combined with communication. These findings illustrate the importance of careful generalization from the laboratory to the world of policy.
commons  cooperation  ecology  institutions  ostrom  elinor  economics  science  modeling  evolution  experimental  via:cshalizi 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Bill McKibben - Welcome to the Climate Crisis -
How to Tell Whether a Candidate Is Serious About Combating Global Warming
climate  crisis  ecology  politics  global-warming 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Earth Policy Institute – Building a Sustainable Future | Home
Lester Brown's think-tank. Welcome to Earth Policy Institute, dedicated to planning a sustainable future as well as providing a roadmap of how to get from here to there.
environment  sustainability  green  energy  economics  policy  ecology  activism  think-tank 
april 2010 by tsuomela
DRI: Science. Environment. Solutions.
Welcome to DRI, the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue.
environment  research  conservation  ecology  science  state(Nevada)  academic-center  desert 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Carnegie Institution for Science
Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery. His intention was for institution to be home to exceptional individuals—men and women with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the West and East Coasts....Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology.
science  non-profit  biology  ecology  astronomy  academic  scholarship 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Worldwatch Institute | Vision for a Sustainable World
Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.
non-profit  civil-society  organization  environment  sustainability  ecology  politics  globalization  poverty  global-warming  climate  population  science 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Green Museum - Environmental Art Museum
Much environmental art is ephemeral (made to disappear or transform), designed for a particular place (and can't be moved) or involves collaborations between artists and others, such as scientists, educators or community groups (distributed ownership). These variables can make exhibiting this work difficult for traditional museums so we created an online museum for global the environmental art movement.
art  environment  museum  ecology  gallery  green  nature  installation  sustainability  public  landscape  contemporary 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Technological Ecologies
Together, computerized writing environments (e.g., physical spaces, hardware, software, and networks) and the humans who use and support such technologies comprise complex ecologies of interaction. As with any ecology, a human-computer techno-ecological system needs to be planned, fostered, designed, sustained, and assessed to create a vinbrant culture of support at the individual, programmatic, institutional, and even national and international level. Local and larger infrastructures of composing are critical to digital writing practices and processes. In academia, specifically, all writing is increasingly computer-mediated
rhetoric  technology  ecology  sustainability  writing  academia  book  publishing  digital  scholarly-communication 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Solving the Mystery of the Vanishing Bees: Scientific American
Our collaboration has ruled out many potential causes for CCD and found many possible contributing factors. But no single culprit has been identified. Bees suffering from CCD tend to be infested with multiple pathogens, including a newly discovered virus, but these infections seem secondary or opportunistic much the way pneumonia kills a patient with AIDS. The picture now emerging is of a complex condition that can be triggered by different combinations of causes.
environment  ecology  bees 
april 2009 by tsuomela
A scientist argues that the natural world isn't benevolent and sustaining: it's bent on self-destruction - The Boston Globe
"According to the paleontologist Peter Ward..the earth's history makes clear that, left to run its course, life isn't naturally nourishing - it's poisonous. Rather than a supple system of checks and balances, he argues, the natural world is a doomsday device careening from one cataclysm to another."
environment  ecology  earth  geology  life  biology  history  paleontology  gaia 
february 2009 by tsuomela
On a Wing and Low Air: The Surprising Way Wind Turbines Kill Bats: Scientific American
Instead, 90 percent of the 75 bats the researchers ultimately dissected had been killed by burst blood vessels in their lungs, according to results presented in Current Biology—suggesting that the air pressure difference created by the spinning windmills had terminated them, not contact with the blades.
science  ecology  environment  energy  wind-power 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: The Audacity of Depression
a long essay by Bageant on why we feel depressed as a society.
politics  psychology  essay  ecology  class 
may 2008 by tsuomela
Scientists Make First Map Of Emerging-Disease Hotspots - The Earth Institute at Columbia University
An international research team has provided the first scientific evidence that deadly emerging diseases have risen steeply across the world, and has mapped the outbreaks’ main sources. They say new diseases originating from wild animals in poor nations
mapping  diseases  epidemiology  ecology  environment 
february 2008 by tsuomela
Vegetarian Wednesday
Vegetarian Wednesday started when my daughter wanted to become a vegetarian but couldn't do it all at once
weblog-group  ecology 
november 2007 by tsuomela

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