You asked Google, we’ll answer

The holidays seem like a good time to bury a silly post in which I reply to some of the Google searches that brought people to this blog. Even though we hardly got any sex-related ones this time.

why has the lotka volterra model been so unpopular by ecologists

You’re asking the wrong guy. I find Lotka-Volterra models really useful.

what would ben bolker do

Ask him.

has any american done a postdoc abroad and then decided to live there permanently

I’m sure there’s at least one. There are a lot of Americans in the world.

ted hart ecology

I believe the search you want to run is “ted hart dark side“.

identify any ecosystem

Do your own homework.

4. why do you think some equations did a better job predicting height than others? what are some of the sources of error in your analysis?

See above. And while you’re at it, pass this message on to all of your classmates who also found us with variants on this search.

where to publish 10 yr old data

Wherever you’d publish new data. The age of the data isn’t relevant in and of itself.

application to hack exam papers from ecol

I’m kind of afraid to find out what “hack” means in this context.

how to teach ecology and not have it suck

You mean, not suck for your students, or not suck for you? Because that’s a choice you might have to make.

top 10 ecologists

I don’t have an answer to this, I’m just amused by the idea of a Bill Simmons-type top 10 list of ecologists according to some murky and totally arbitrary criterion.

which journal of animal ecology is easy to publish with

If you write a really good paper, Journal of Animal Ecology is very easy to publish with. If your paper is rubbish, not so much.

list of things that are stable

Tellurium-128 has the longest half life of any known radioactive element.

The United States and the UK are among the countries with very stable governments, in the sense that neither has experienced a regime change caused by violence in a very long time.


how to write journal fiction

There are many illustrative examples here. But I worry that you may be taking Brian’s old post too literally.

do academics work hard

Yes. But not as hard as you, or they, might think.

slides per minute polite

Packing your talk with too many slides has drawbacks, but rudeness isn’t one of them.

do you often travel? when did you travel last? to where?

Seriously? You’re asking Google questions about yourself?*

Why did you choose this project?

Because Google told you to, apparently.

who decides when a journal is published

The publisher. C’mon, ask me a hard one!

two scientists wrote a paper detailing their research and conclusions and submitted it to a scientific journal. several months later, they received th

Too bad it got cut off. I was just getting into it.

what will a ecologist do if there was a problem with foxes

Leave an angry comment on this blog, probably.

intermediate disturbance hypothesis

Glad you asked!

*I’m assuming that whoever googled this question did so because someone asked it of them. Same for the next question.

7 thoughts on “You asked Google, we’ll answer

  1. Still get a kick out of the Zombie Ideas blog. By the way, do you know of a good review of the history of competition theory in ecology? I vaguely remember learning in school that the notion of competition being important to community structure and dynamics was originally a tough sell.

  2. In undergrad, I would occasionally play a game with my roommate in which I’d put into Google the most absurd phrases that I thought might lead to her (moderately popular) blog, and every so often she’d go through her list of searches and try to guess which were mine. Is this an annual thing you do? Next time I’m bored, I may play the one-sided version of this game with you and see if I end up in next year’s list. 🙂

    • Every once in a while when I’m procrastinating, I just look at the list of search terms that led people to our blog and pick some to make jokes about. But I don’t know who did these searches. You’re welcome to try to make next year’s list. 🙂

  3. Nice idea, I enjoyed this so much I took a look at my own list of search terms. Interestingly there were a lot of non-sciencey searches; the best were:

    “what people wear in the 1980s”

    “walls made of hay”

    “uncomfortable toilet seat” [that does actually relate to an old post on the topic]

    “how to feed a canary”

    “never too hurried for a friendly word”

    “reason and how were work in curved” [huh?]

    “scientists who didn’t listen to society”

    “what can we reuse as a christian” [answer at this time of the year: symbols and traditions from earlier pagan festivals!]

    “haunted house in old ollerton information”

    and my favourite:

    “lying biodiversity blog” [not knowingly…]

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