Shirking My Responsibility

I really don’t read blogs very often, but there are a few that I find worth visiting on a frequent basis.  Since this week is a whirlwind of activity for me (preparing to host a conference of 150 biologists next week) I thought I’d share one of those other blogs with you. 

In other words, I’m shirking my responsibility to write my own thoughts down this week.  Sorry about that.  On the other hand, I got to use the word “shirking” in a blog post.

The blog I suggest you take a look at is by Ian Lunt, a vegetation ecologist at Charles Sturt University in Albury, New South Wales, Australia.  Ian studies grasslands and grassy woodlands, and I find his work very interesting because the grasslands he’s working in are very much like those I work with – and also very different.  Since most of you who read my blog are not from Australia, I think you might find his site interesting for the same reasons.

His latest post happens to be a review of a great research paper about birds and habitat.  (Yes, my last blog post griped about how many bird habitat research papers there are these days, but this is a particularly good one).  If you scroll back past that post, you’ll find other posts that are more focused on plant communities and their response to management and climate. Very applied, and very interesting.

You can find his blog site here:


As a special bonus, here’s a very nice blog post written by Adam Frank on National Public Radio’s 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog.  Adam writes about why science is hard, and why that’s a good thing.  I think you’ll enjoy it.  Click here to read it.

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.

2 thoughts on “Shirking My Responsibility

  1. Hello Chris, thanks you very much for the link and for your generous comments. Its nine in the morning in Albury, and I’ve already had more visitors to my blog site today, than I’d normally receive in a week, thanks to your enthusiastic readers. I look forward to your next blog after you return from your conference. Best wishes Ian

  2. Chris
    You didnt do an anti bird thing….what you did is ask us to….lookie here at this. Look deeper.

    You have allways challenged me to go beyond the obvious. Thank you for that.

    Thoes of us that really care get that.



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