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Climate AND humans? A new study using ancient DNA, fossils, & models contributes to a classic problem in paleoecology

The extinction of the ice-age megafauna is one of the most persistent (and contentious) problems in paleoecology. Since the 1960’s, the literature has been dominated by fierce debates about whether humans or climate change were responsible for the demise of the mammoths, mastodons, woolly rhinos, and other now-extinct megaherbivores and […]

Ecological Society of America 2011: Monday

I’m in Austin for the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting, which officially kicked off yesterday (Monday). Ignoring the fact that it’s Austin in August (which is admittedly less awful than I expected, coming from the much more humid Wisconsin), I’m having a blast. ESA is possibly my favorite meeting– […]