Students will lead discussions of these papers. A sample paper and accompanying “Guide to presenting papers” are provided to help you prepare for section.

Sample: Gaines, S.D, and J. Roughgarden. 1987.  Fish in offshore kelp forests affect recruitment to intertidal barnacle populations. Science 235(4787):479-481.

Guide to presenting papers

How to lead a discussion

Paper presentation schedule


Week 2

Hutchinson, G.E. 1959.  Homage to Santa Rosalia or Why are there so many kinds of animals? American Naturalist 93:145 -159.

Popper, K.R. 1961  The Logic of Scientific Discovery. Basic Books, Inc. NY. 544 pages  (chill… its only a few pages from the book)

Quinn, J.F. and A.E. Dunham 1983. On hypothesis testing in ecology and evolution. American Naturalist 122 (5: A Roundtable of Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology):602-617.

Roughgarden, J. 1983 Competition and theory in community ecology. American Naturalist 122 (5: A Roundtable of Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology):583-601.

Week 3

Paine, R.T. 1966.  Food web complexity and species diversity. American Naturalist 100:65-75.

Lively, C.M. and P.T. Raimondi 1987.  Desiccation, predation, and mussel-barnacle interactions in the Northern Gulf of California. Oecologia 74:304-309.

Strunk and White:  I Elementary rules of usage

Week 4

Connell, J.H. 1978.  Diversity in tropical rain forests and coral reefs. Science 199(4335):1302-1310.

Hughes, T.P. 1994.  Catastrophes, phase shifts, and large-scale degradation of a Caribbean coral reef. Science 265(5178):1547-1551.

Strunk and White:  II Elementary principles of composition

Week 5

Harvell, C.D. 1984 Predator-induced defense in a marine bryozoan. Science 224(4655):1357-1359.

Warner, R.R. 1984. Mating behavior and hermaphroditism in coral reef fishes. American Scientist 72:128-136.

He, Q and B. Cui 2015 Multiple mechanisms sustain a plant-animal facilitation on a coastal ecotone. Scientific Reports 1-6.

Strunk and White:  III A few matters of form

Week 6

Victor, B.C.   Recruitment and population dynamics of a coral reef fish. Science  219 (4583), 419-420.

Gaines, S.D. and M.D. Bertness. 1992. Dispersal of juveniles and variable recruitment in sessile marine species. Nature 360:579-580.

Strunk and White:  IV Words and expression commonly misused (A-L)

Week 7

Ebert, T.A. and M.P. Russell. 1998. Latitudinal variation in size structure of the west coast purple sea urchin: a correlation with headlands. Limnology and Oceanography 33:286-294.

Keough, M.J. and B.J. Downes. 1982. Recruitment of marine invertebrates: the role of active larval choices and early mortality. Oecologia 54:348-352.

Jones et al. 1999. Self-recruitment in a coral reefish population. Nature 402, 802-804.

Strunk and White:  IV Words and expression commonly misused (M-Z)

Week 8

Mapstone, B.D. and A.J. Fowler. 1988. Recruitment and the structure of assemblages of fish on coral reefs.

Warner, R.R. and P.L. Chesson. 1985. Coexistence mediated by recruitment fluctuations: a field guide to the storage effect. American Naturalist 125:769-787.

Strunk and White: V An approach to style

Week 9

Hixon, M.A, and M.H. Carr. 1997. Synergistic predation, density dependence, and population regulation in marine fish. Science 277 (5328):946-949.

Sanford, E. 1999. Regulation of keystone predation by small changes in ocean temperature. Science 283 (5410):2095-2097.

Munday et al. 2010. Replenishment of fish populations is threatened by ocean acidification. PNAS 170: 12930–12934