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Changing how we see a flock of birds

Bird flocks appear to our eyes as collections of interchangeable individuals. That’s also how they’re treated in computational models of collective behavior—an oversight that’s due for a correction.

The trouble with lionfish control

Killing invasive species can indeed increase populations of other, desired species — but it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. There’s lots of devils in the details. People shouldn’t just assume that it works.

Jellyfish are not an ecological dead end

Except when we’re marveling at their otherworldly beauty, jellyfish are either ignored or considered a symptom of ecological collapse. Yet they might play a valuable, unappreciated role in oceanic food webs.