About

DSC00813I am an Australian ecologist working on ecosystem services research. I am interested in community ecology, dynamic landscapes and functional diversity. I am particularly interested in what we call ‘beneficial’ insects (wild pollinators, parasitoids and predators) and how we are connected to them through agriculture.

This site is a collection of stories, opinions and ideas showing how relevant Ecology is to all of us. I also write about research, academia and science communication.

I came to science from the humanities (English and Communications). I believe in nature, humanity and contexts. I don’t believe in monocultures or half-empty glasses.

This is a Slow Blog – I post when I have something to say, rather than on a strict schedule of gratuitous writings. On average, that’s every couple of weeks.

Follow me on Twitter @ManuSaunders.

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I’m co-founder of the Australian Wild Pollinator Count.

(N.B. All photos on this site are mine, unless credited otherwise.)

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26 thoughts on “About

  1. argylesock December 16, 2012 / 5:21 PM

    Hello, I look forward to reading your blog. You’ve just made my day by following mine – my 100th follower 🙂

    Indeed ecology is real science, the most interesting science in my opinion.

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  2. thinkingcountry June 5, 2013 / 7:11 PM

    Very glad I have discovered your blog. I look forward to reading your entries. I believe ecology to be one of the most important and profound of the sciences. Indeed, with the societal changes in the latter part of the 20th Century I believe one could call it ‘the’ science of the 20th Century.

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    • manuelinor June 5, 2013 / 7:49 PM

      Thank you! I agree, Ecology is most definitely ‘the’ science…I think it always has been, just under different names. 🙂

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  3. applpy June 6, 2013 / 10:45 AM

    Thanks for the follow! Your blog is very interesting, will be following.

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  4. bea9871 August 8, 2013 / 2:40 PM

    Love your blog, can’t wait to get stuck into reading your back catalogue 🙂

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  5. PK Read August 8, 2013 / 7:11 PM

    Thanks for the follow, and for helping me find out about your great blog!

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    • manuelinor August 8, 2013 / 7:38 PM

      No worries! I’m glad I found your blog too 🙂

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  6. Rachel September 23, 2013 / 10:22 PM

    Would you be interested in writing a guest post for me sometime? Perhaps PhD-related, or an ecology-related topic of your choice? Let me know 🙂

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    • manuelinor September 24, 2013 / 8:26 AM

      Yes, I would love to! Thank you for asking. I’ll email you 🙂

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  7. The Snail of Happiness November 12, 2013 / 1:11 AM

    Hello… recently I was given a blog award (the Leibster award) by another blogger. I don’t normally accept them (it’s a bit like a chain letter), but he asked so nicely that, in a moment of weakness, I agreed. One of the requirements is to pass on the award. I decided to pick five other blogs to nominate that I really enjoy reading, with the intention of directing more traffic to them. Yours is one of these blogs. I hope that you will accept this as a token of how much I enjoy reading what you write. You can display the award image on your blog, you can write a post about it and you can pass it on to others if you like; but really I just want you and others to know that I think you have a really great blog. My post that links to your blog is here: http://wp.me/p2mlPL-xj
    Thanks for all the enjoyable reading!

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    • manuelinor November 12, 2013 / 4:17 PM

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it, and I’m glad you enjoy reading mine as much as I enjoy yours. I am not a fan of chain letters either, but I will write a post soon with a few of my favourite blogs to pass on the kindness. 🙂

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    • manuelinor January 25, 2014 / 11:49 AM

      Thanks Tony! Great pictures on your post – I enjoy following your nature observations too!

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  8. Tony January 28, 2014 / 3:33 AM

    Thanks, hopefully I can keep up the pace this year.

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  9. Bryan Sentes October 27, 2014 / 12:46 AM

    Glad you stumbled across Poeta Doctus and liked it! That someone of your qualifications and engagements has found some interest in my own work is an extra inspiration to speed up the “slowness” of my own blog, and focus it more on ecosophical/ecopoetical concerns. Good luck in your own on-going endeavours!

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    • manuelinor October 27, 2014 / 9:01 AM

      Thank you, and likewise! Literature is a wonderful world, it’s a shame it is often seen as not compatible with science. I’m looking forward to reading more on your blog!

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  10. zielonygrzyb April 29, 2016 / 10:42 PM

    Hey, just read your ecosystem services-disservices paper in Conservation Biology and I’ve liked it very much. I still think that the ecosystem disservices concept can be useful, but you are right that it does not solve the complexity challenge faced by the ES concept. The idea to focus more on functions context-wise and without paying too much attention to the species fulfilling this function is what I’ve been missing in all the debates about “good natives” vs. “bad aliens”.

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    • Manu Saunders April 30, 2016 / 2:51 PM

      Thanks for the comment, glad you liked the paper. Hopefully it will start some good discussions!

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