Welcome to Dynamic Ecology! Below are answers to some questions you may have about this blog.
Who started this blog?
I’m Jeremy Fox, a Professor at the University of Calgary. Previously, I did a B.A. at Williams College, a Ph.D. under Peter Morin at Rutgers University, and a postdoc at the NERC Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College London.
I’m broadly interested in population, community, and evolutionary ecology–those bits of ecology that–in my view, anyway!–have population dynamics at their core (hence the name of this blog). For information on my research, please visit my lab homepage.
While I’m the founder of Dynamic Ecology, it’s not just my blog. It’s a group blog. Brian McGill and Meghan Duffy also blog here. They’re both awesome. All three of us collectively decide how the blog operates.
We also publish occasional invited guest posts.
What sort of posts do you write?
We post ideas, opinions, commentary, advice, and humor that we think might be of interest to our fellow academic ecologists and ecology students. We believe blogs can be a great vehicle for serious professional conversations, complementary to other modes of scientific communication such as peer-reviewed papers and conferences.
Didn’t you used to have another blog?
Previously, I blogged for the journal Oikos. That blog was similar to this one, and most of my posts for that blog, along with the comments, can be viewed here at Dynamic Ecology. Here is a post explaining why I chose to set up my own shop.
Why do you blog?
Here is a short video interview I did back when I was with the Oikos Blog, explaining why I blog.
Here is an interview I did with another ecology blogger, touching on how I got into ecology, why I do the sort of ecology I do, and more.
What’s the comment policy?
We don’t have one. We’re blessed with awesome commenters and have never felt the need for a comment policy. Basically, we like freewheeling discussion, so we’re happy to approve any comment that advances the conversation, isn’t patently offensive, doesn’t contain any personal attacks, and doesn’t adopt a pointlessly extreme tone. Here’s a much longer discussion of what I personally think makes a good comment thread, and my own approach to comment moderation. And here, here, here, here, and here are some of our most vigorous comment threads, so that you can get an idea of the sort of pointed-but-productive debate that sometimes happens here (we have many other sorts of comment threads, of course). And as those threads and others illustrate, we welcome comments that disagree with the posts.
Can I write a guest post for you?
No, sorry. Our guest posts are invited.
I want to get the word out about a [job opening/event/petition/news item/etc.]–will you help?
No, sorry. This is our blog, not a message board. If you want to reach many ecologists, you should post to the Ecolog listserv.
Would you be willing to write a post on [topic]?
We sometimes ask readers to submit questions for us to answer. Other than that, we mostly come up with our own ideas for posts. If there’s a topic you’d like us to post on, you are welcome to email us, but we can’t promise we’ll take up your suggestion.
What does the header tagline “Multa novit vulpes” mean?
It translates as “The fox knows many things”. I have a post about this, which asks whether I am a fox in name only.
Those header images are beautiful! Where are they from?
Here is a list of the sources of our header images. All images are presented under Creative Commons licenses that permit non-commercial use, and modification such as cropping (all images are cropped). Follow the links in the source list for full license information.
Are you speaking for your employer or anyone else?
No. All the views expressed on this blog are entirely my own, not those of any other person or organization, including my employer. The same goes for the other folks who blog here.
Can I republish your posts?
No. Posts are (C) 2011-2016 by the author of each individual post (specifically Jeremy Fox, Meghan Duffy, Brian McGill, or as otherwise noted at the top of each post).
The copyright holders have made these posts available on the Dynamic Ecology website at the present time for reading and commenting to benefit the scientific community. Hypertext links to posts which transfer readers to our website are also welcome. However, the authors retain all other rights to the posts including the rights to republish elsewhere and to charge for access. The authors also prohibit other uses including copying or republishing entire or substantial portions of posts without the author’s permission, but do allow quoting small sections as allowed by fair use law for purposes of commentary and criticism.