Ya-har maties, two seafaring stories this week. Also, profiles of two biologists whose work spans centuries, continents and subdisciplines but is linked by the immense insight each gives to the mechanisms of evolution. How Darwin would have loved meeting them! Oh, and hobbits. What's not to love?
- Evolutionary Biology's Master Craftsman: An Interview with Richard Lenski, This View of Life, May 30, 2016 -- "Richard Lenski ... has become world famous for presiding over the longest running evolutionary experiment of all time, on the bacterium E. coli, which has now exceeded 65,000 generations. ... My reason for interviewing him for This View of Life is not only to showcase his research, but also to show how his research illustrates the concept of evolutionary theory as a conceptual toolkit."
- The Albatross, El Niño and Climate Change: A Tale of Mixed Fortunes, Carbon Brief, June 8, 2016 -- "Originally a good luck omen for seafarers, but now more often a metaphor for the cursed, a new study