Pools (quantities and storage) and fluxes (movement) of energy and matter are important concepts in ecology and ecosystem studies. This post gives an introduction to these concepts.
The r/K selection theory of life-history patterns has been in use for a long time, and serves as a useful tool to introduce the concept of survivorship curves (I recommend that you see this post if you need a refresher on the theory). However, there have been several […]
The mighty Himalayas is home to many species. Besides providing ecological and economic services, the largest mountain range in the world has numerous unique ecosystems hidden within, which have rich biodiversity. The Himalayan high altitude areas located above the forests – the alpine meadows and the cold deserts […]
The concept of High Conservation Value Areas (HCVAs) is not very widely documented or known. General knowledge is never bad, so I went ahead and complied a list of questions that I think will give you a cursory knowledge of what these areas are and why they are […]
R-strategists, K-strategists and Survivorship curves: The reproductive adaptations of different organisms
Have you ever wondered why dogs and humans reproduce very differently? Why a dog litter is so big—often up to 7-8 pups—while humans rarely give birth to more than 1 child at a time? Well, there is a reason for it. This has to do with the rate […]
The White Shark cafe is an extremely unique place. Sounds like a cool hang-out place doesn’t it? Well, it is. Quite literally. This isolated, sub-tropical region in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii is quite literally a cool water, hang out spot for one of the most […]
In a widely popular decision among environmental groups and scientists, the EU voted last week to ban all outdoor use of one of the world’s most popular insecticide-“neonics” or neonicotinoids. These compounds have been suspected to have a very negative impact on the health of the honeybees and […]