“I have watched the face of many a newly wolfless mountain, and seen the south-facing slopes wrinkle with a maze of new deer trails…. Such a mountain looks as if someone had given God a new pruning shears, and forbidden Him all other exercise….
… I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer. ” — Aldo Leopold
Thanks Hank, I wasn’t aware of this area of research, nice to know that others are looking out for accuracy in my pieces. I made some changes in the post, let me know what you think. It seems that consequences of upper trophic level loss – while more serious than I first understood – are still less intense than if species lower down went away, but I could be very wrong, so please correct me if need be. -Kate
Kate I wrote a rather long comment which I lost because I failed to enter my email address. Is it possible to change the interface so that one doesn’t have an entire post lost because of an oversight?
I think that’s one of those things that would require WordPress.org. One day if I can find a cheap host, I will definitely switch. -Kate
For those with an interest George Monbiot has written an interesting article on the influence of weather on climate politics, and another on what he makes of the record cold temperatures being enjoyed in Britain this December.
Kaitlin Alexander is a PhD student in climate science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She became interested in climate science as a teenager on the Canadian Prairies, and increasingly began to notice the discrepancies between scientific and public knowledge on climate change. She started writing this blog at age sixteen to help address this gap in public understanding, and it slowly evolved into a record of her research as a young climate scientist. Read more