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Weird things (some) ecologists believe: “you can’t infer process from pattern”

Warning: this one’s a little bit niche.

When I’m not writing Scientist Sees Squirrel, or books about writing, or books about Latin names, I actually have a day job: I’m an evolutionary ecologist. I teach, and do research, and read the literature (well, sometimes), and I talk with my colleagues about how we do our science and how we might do it better.

I’ve been doing that last bit since my grad school days, 35 years ago, and there’s an assertion that some ecologists love to make that still makes my head spin every time I hear it. Continue reading