animal behavior

The many forms of cooperation on coral reefs

At a time when the political world seems overfilled with evidence of human greed, selfishness, destructive competitiveness, and utter immorality, I found myself reading Tim Flannery’s 2011 book, Here on Earth: A natural history of the planet.  It’s not perfect, but it is a good read.  It lifted my spirits. In it, Flannery contrasts the … Continue reading »

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Thoughts about corals, coral reefs, and coral reef conferences

Hanauma Bay now and in the 1960s Last week I was in Honolulu participating in the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS).  It was, for me, a time for reminiscing.  I was a student at University of Hawaii in the 1960s and was a participant at the 2nd ICRS on the Great Barrier Reef in … Continue reading »

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On the Wondrousness of the Natural World, and How It Might Help Us Live Sustainably

(With apologies to those US friends who just got through one of the worst snowstorms ever.) Last week, we had one of those wonderful snowstorms. There was enough snow to spread a white blanket across the ground, yet not too much to swamp our capacity to keep our roads passable. The snow itself was fluffy, … Continue reading »

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