Author: Camilla Bertolini

So long and thanks for all the fish!

By Natasha Phillips   It’s that time of year again, spring is in the air (mostly!) and thoughts turn to summer holidays relaxing on the beach, swimming in the sea, snorkelling over colourful corals and silvery fishes. But what is the future for these seemingly idyllic ecosystems? Current research suggests that coral reef ecosystems globally […]

Welcome to…Field season!

By Camilla Bertolini @CamiBe90 Bright sunshine outside today as I am about to head out to the beach. Those of you that have seen me walking around Belfast with buckets, coloured flags and big bags of scouring pads possibly can guess that by “heading out to the beach”, I don’t mean going to lie down […]

Adventures in the Anthropocene

    By Hannah White @hannah_wht   The opening sentences of many ecology papers have now become a cliché, a declaration of biodiversity loss from climate change/habitat fragmentation/urbanisation (delete as appropriate). The effects of these are huge, not only to biodiversity but to aspects of the environment such as water availability and ocean acidification. Humans […]

Do animals need to exercise?

By Camilla Bertolini (@CamiBe90) Scrolling through a literature search on predator-prey interactions and energy budget, I find myself in front of a very unexpected title: “Do animals exercise to keep fit?” 1. Intrigued, or perhaps driven by my very own fitness obsessions arisen with the start of the new year (perhaps animals make some similar […]

The Science of Christmas

    By Camilla Bertolini @CamiBe90 As the Christmas holidays approach (t-10 days to Christmas) let’s take a closer look at the science of giving presents. How does giving presents and being “altruistic” fit in with the theory of natural selection? Altruistic behaviours exist in the animal kingdom, however these fit within the “survival of the […]

Ocean acidification: a roller coaster?

  By Camilla Bertolini @CamiBe90 “There is no debate among any statured scientists of what is happening. The only debate is the rate at which it is happening.” James McCarthy (International Panel of Climate Change, 1997)   Climate, as many other environmental phenomena, is not static. It oscillates and yearly variations are the norm. Statistical […]

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