Nature Blog Networking: The Halls of Academia

I have to say I’m really enjoying the new expanded categories for NBN blogs, it certainly makes my job exponentially easier. Not only because it saves time spent searching for blogs of a certain genre, but the best categorization is done by the blogger him/herself.  Who knows better whether you’re a photo blog or a bug blog or, in the case of this post, an academic blog.  I can only make guesses, as I did in a previous edition of NBNB on “research” oriented blogs.  But that’s sort of a nebulous idea, we all do research to some extent, and all of it valuable even it it’s just for the individual, but that research that goes on in a more structured setting in many ways lays the groundwork for our enjoyment of nature.  Isn’t the wonder of the now enhanced because we understand the how?  It is for me.

Ivy is nature, right? Photo from wikipedia.

Perhaps one could call this post “In defense of the Academic tag”, not that it needs defending really.  It’s simply another perspective on nature.  One that we’d be less significant without.


- As a distillation of ornithological journal articles, the usefulness of Birds and Science should not be in question for bird enthusiasts.  And as it’s based in Spain, it’s good I can give it the further attention it deserves after accidentally snubbing it last week.

- One I did mention last week, but also applicable this week, is Más Allá de Somosaguas.

- Can we discuss academic blogs without at least a passing mention of tweed?  Of course not, which is why I appreciate Demin and Tweed, not only for the work he does on Joshua trees in California and the larger field of evolutionary biology, but because my tweed jacket is at the cleaners.

- Fellow North Carolinian Daniel Brown (no, not that Daniel Brown) is a government researcher at Elon University, and his blog Biocehmical Soul is written with the goal of bringing the wonders of science to the masses.  Which is a pretty noble goal, when you think about it, and even if you don’t.

Another Soul Man (no, not that Soul Man) Kazimierz Funk writes at Science and Soul where you can get your fill of nature and bioengineering, and no, those things are hardly mutually exclusive.

-From Connecticut, and with a fondness for plants, comes Uncommon Ground.  An excellent resource for evolution information.

- Non-native feral species are a big problem in Australia, where they often have a devastating effect on the unique native wildlife.  Learn how organizations are dealing with the issue at Feral Thoughts, the blog of the head of the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Center.

- Snakes, birds, plants, dinos, Ecographica covers it all and more from Florida.  He does a fair bit of reseach blogging as well to be labeled in academics, but this is probably the most obviously nature filled blog of the bunch.

- So many naturalists have an inordinate passion for taxonomy and systematics.  For them, the blog of choice is likely Catalogue of Organisms.  Christopher hails fromAustralia, which with its unique life forms is probably the best possible place for him.

- Consistently near the top of the NBN toplist, Greg Laden’s Blog is a study in blogger proficiency with a myriad of posts on a variety of topics, but nature is always on the menu, especially when he goes to Africa, which is fairly often.


From Greg’s blog we’ll take off towards next week.  The land of 10,000 lakes could very well be considered the land of 10,000 nature bloggers with all of the members in good standing of the NBN found there.  So that’s where we’ll head.

Minnesota Nature Bloggers

If you are a Minnesota blogger or you know of one that deserves to be included.  Drop me a line at naswick (at) gmail (dot) com.

Till next week!