Tag Archives: scale

Getting a clue on population variability

Two papers were just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by friends and former colleagues of mine from the University of Washington. Both of these papers confront an old and persistent question in fisheries science: what … Continue reading

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Oceans Deep

Cool new XKCD today showing the depths of the ocean to scale. Click the picture below to see the original. And for two more views, check out this old post. As context for the last post, Beebe and Barton’s deepest … Continue reading

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DIY Scale Dependence

What’s the big deal about “scale?” It’s a word that I’ve written about before here, and one that certain types of ecologists can’t seem to stop talking about. But it can be an infuratingly vague word to pin down, given … Continue reading

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Matching Management to Fish and Fishers

There are no truly universal laws in ecology. Every pattern and process takes place on its own scale in time and space, and truths that hold at one scale do not necessarily hold at another. This is a fact of … Continue reading

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Grain, Extent, and 8-bit Cities

A friend sent me a link to this cool website a couple of days ago: a guy named Brett Camper has coded it up to show zoomable maps of several major cities, pixellated à la old video game world maps. … Continue reading

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Methods of sampling and analysis and our concepts of ocean dynamics

I read a paper today (actually, more like an essay) by Peter Wangersky, a longtime chemical oceanographer. Titled “Methods of sampling and analysis and our concepts of ocean dynamics,” it is essentially a personable ramble through six decades of marine … Continue reading

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Varieties of Oceanographic Experience

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about issues of scale in ecology, both because I’m taking a fascinating seminar on the topic this quarter, and because my particular research is conducive to thinking about them. “Scale” came to the fore … Continue reading

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Two Views of the Ocean

A significant part of my thesis research deals with scale. “Scale” is a very vague word, but in ecology, it connotes some very profound truths and problems about the natural world and our understanding of it. I hope to write … Continue reading

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