The Ecological Society of America annual meeting begins today in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee is best known for beer brewing, Harley Davidson motorcycles and its rust-belt decline. I decided to skip the whole question of Milwaukee as a city and examine Milwaukee as an ecosystem. I began by joining a field trip that visited a forest and a prairie, both remnants of ecosystems that once covered the area in a fluctuating mosaic controlled by fire.
Given that he has been a health minister in the UK, is still in politics and was addressing a science conference you might think that Norman Warner would obviously think scientists and politicians can be partners. Read more
Sir David King knows a thing or two about science policy. For seven years he was chief scientific advisor to the UK government, telling it what it needed to know (and a few things it would probably rather not have known) about everything from climate change to animal diseases. Read more