Do you know the old joke about the fellow who was looking for his keys under a streetlight? A neighbourly passerby came up and offered to help. “Did you lose your keys here?” he asked. “No,” the fellow replied, “over there in that alleyway – but the light’s better here”.
This is quite funny until you realize that as ecologists, we do it all the time. Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, Klaas’s cuckoo and I were featured on the Biodiversity Heritage Library blog. You should go read that post – especially the part about Klaas’s cuckoo and the origins of its name. But here’s a little context.
It’s fashionable in some circles to bemoan the fact that many scientists* rarely cite literature older than a decade or two. There are, of course, many reasons older papers go uncited. Continue reading