A brief introduction for anyone who might stumble across this blog. I’m a paleontologist and evolutionary ecologist at the California Academy of Sciences. One of my main areas of research is the reconstruction of paleocommunities and food webs, and the relationship(s) between those structures and extinction. It’s a very difficult topic for a number of reasons, some related to data availability, but mostly mathematical. I therefore tend to keep a series of notebooks, logging all my work. One of my other activities here at the Academy is writing the Climate Change Blog, and it occurred to me that perhaps I could use WordPress to blog my research notes! (duh). A quick search on Google told me that WordPress has capabilities, and so here I am.