Thanks, Joan and Will !

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Joan Strassman, known for her research on cooperation in Dictyostelium, mentioned my book (and my research on individual-vs-community tradeoffs in solar tracking by alfalfa), in a recent talk at a meeting on "collective behavior", sponsored by the National Academy of Science. Thanks to Will Ratcliff for the photo.

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Earlier, I used VMWare, which has an annual fee, but now I've got VirtualBox working.

Order of installation:
VirtualBox (nonfree) using the Linux Mint Package Manager.
Windows XP SP2 under VirtualBox.
FIrefox (downloaded using Internet Explorer).
Windows Installer 3.1
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Livescribe Desktop

I still dual-boot into Windows fairly often, but not sure I'll need to much longer.

Bet hedging in conservation

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Emma Marris and I shared the stage at a recent event at Washington State University, organized by Andy McGuire. Emma argued that "hands off wilderness" and "preserving natural ecosystems in their 'pristine' state are incompatible. If keeping species from going extinct is more important than keeping them where they were in 1491 (or earlier, presumably, outside the Americas), then we should bet-hedge with a variety of approaches to conservation. Watch for her upcoming op-ed.

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Open access next week

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Just Royal Society publications, unfortunately, but now's your chance to get three papers I published with Toby Kiers over the years:


Sanctions and mutualism stability: why do rhizobia fix nitrogen? (2002)


Human selection and the relaxation of legume defences against ineffective rhizobia (2007)

Inclusive fitness in agriculture (2014)

...or some of those other Royal Society papers you've been craving.

Carnival of Evolution...

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...hosted this month at EcoEvolutionary Dynamics.

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