As part of the core course in my ecology program at Duke, I was required to take a seminar on Ecosystem & Evolutionary Ecology. To me, this seemed a natural pairing, as the abiotic environment can often drive the evolutionary pressures of organisms. However, it soon became apparent that these two sub-disciplines of ecology have been at logger-heads for the better part of the past 100 years, with tensions arising out of the early days of ecology.

Graduate students excitedly co-authoring this blog post about our Duke Ecology core course. In just an hour and a half, we condensed many hours of discussion into one blog post. Is this post an example of rapid idea evolution? (photo credit: Emily Bernhardt)


My classmates and I found such tension childish and bizarre, given the challenges of the Anthropocene. We distilled our thoughts on the need to recognize the biases we all bring to our science (e.g. offhand disregard of other sub-disciplines, etc...), and the importance of interdisciplinary pairings of scientists and science fields to answer the grand challenges posed by climate change, land-use change, and the Anthropocene.

You can find our Rapid Ecology blog post here.

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