Tag Archives: Ecology

Newly subscribed Ecology e-journals

The NTU Libraries has recently subscribed to four e-journals published by the Ecological Society of America.

1. Ecological Applications

Ecological Applications publishes papers that develop scientific principles to support environmental decision-making, as well as papers that discuss the application of ecological concepts to environmental issues, policy, and management.

Full-text access via:
a. Wiley from 1997 onwards
b. JSTOR from 1991 to 2014 (2 years moving wall)

2. Ecological Monographs

Papers in this journal provide integrative and documentation of major empirical and theoretical advances in the field and establish benchmarks from which future research will build.

Full-text access via:
a. Wiley from 1997 to present
b. JSTOR from 1931 to 2014 (2 years moving wall)

3. Ecology

The journal publishes a broad array of research that includes techniques, approaches, and concepts: paleoecology through present-day phenomena; evolutionary, population, physiological, community, and ecosystem ecology,  and biogeochemistry.
Full Text Access via:
a. Wiley from 1997 to present
b. JSTOR from 1920 to 2014 (2 years moving wall)

4. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Frontiers includes a range of peer-reviewed, synthetic review articles, short, high-impact research communications of broad interdisciplinary interest, breaking news on people, policy, and research from around the world, editorials, letters, and multi-author debates on current controversies, and more.

Full-text access via:
a. Wiley from 2003 to present
b. JSTOR from 2003 – 2014 (2 years moving wall)

A Scientific Analysis of Meme Success

In the world of social media these days, combining a joke with a meme is one way to get the joke propagated quickly through the social networks. There are many memes for the appropriate situations, such as “Socially Awkward Penguin” for those awkward moments, or “Chemistry Cat” for those cheesy chemistry jokes.

Chemistry-Cat

But do the different internet memes have any effect on each other’s popularity? To study this, Michele Coscia, a computer science postdoc at Harvard University, adapted ecology research methods to a website called QuickMeme, one of the most popular websites for generating internet memes. His research has generated several interesting results, of which you can read at Physics Central, or his paper on arXiv.

International Mother Earth Day, 22 April

22 April is International Mother Earth Day, which seeks to promote a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature. It honors the Earth as a whole and our place within it. It does not seek to replace other events, such as Earth Day, which has been celebrated by many people around the world on 22 March since the 1970s, but rather to reinforce and reinterpret them based on the evolving challenges we face. Source: United Nations: International Mother Earth Day, 22 April

On International Mother Earth Day, let’s take some time off to enjoy the documentary Home by Yann Arthus-Bertrand; which is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet. Although there were criticisms on the contradiction between the message from the director and the sponsor’s legacy, it is nevertheless a beautiful documentary.

Useful resources from Library on Mother Earth:
Earth: a tenant’s manual

Ecological restoration : a global challenge

The revenge of Gaia : earth’s climate in crisis and the fate of humanity

Manifesto for the Earth : action now for peace, global justice and a sustainable future