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Australian Eco Systems in Peril

I spent much of yesterday following up on the High Performance Plan, The Winning Edge, announced by the Australian Sports Commission. Towards the end of the day, I wrote this summary. Since posting the summary I have been thinking about performance ecologies. During the last three years I have explored ecology ideas and their relevance to sport. I am particularly interested in island sanctuaries and Don Merton's work. I have had a look at Coral Reef research too. So it should come as little surprise that I started to contemplate the connections between The Winning Edge and Tim Flannery's recent Quarterly...

Developing Performance Contexts: Ecology Insights

A brief post to note a remarkable Science Show program on Radio National. When humans first set foot in New Zealand almost a thousand years ago, they encountered a rich fauna of reptiles and flightless birds. These first human visitors, and visitors and settlers since brought with them rats, cats, mice, rabbits and stoats which feasted on the local fauna, or degraded the environment, driving many original species to extinction. But luckily, a few small offshore islands remain undisturbed. Now scientists are using these islands as ecological lifeboats, as a source supplying birds and reptiles back to the mainland. If you...

Linking, Connecting, Sharing

Each day I receive a range of links to blogs posts and web tools. A post from the ABC (18 January) alerted me to James Fowler, Jaime Settleb, and Nicholas Christakis' work, Correlated genotypes in friendship networks. Their paper encouraged me to think about linking, connecting and sharing. The abstract of their paper notes that: It is well known that humans tend to associate with other humans who have similar characteristics, but it is unclear whether this tendency has...

Creating Environments: Ecology Insights for Coaches

Many years ago (late 1970s) I had an opportunity to coach my first student rugby team. I remember asking one of the coaches I admired for his advice about establishing the values and behaviours in a team. He suggested that I should give myself a minimum of five years to create an environment over which I had some measure of control. I was thinking about the advice James Thomson Greenwood gave me this week thirty-two years on when I was exploring the insights coaches might gain from ecologists. It did take me five years to build a 'tradition' and even...

Global Villages, Connection Generation, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The drive from my home to the University of Canberra gives me the luxury of listening to some great radio programs on Radio National and Classic FM. The journey takes eighty minutes and so by the time I arrive at the University or home on the return journey I have had the opportunity to listen to news, a range of ideas and composers. The rich resources of the ABC website enable me to follow up any of the day's items. On Friday (8 May) I was thinking about the Public Sphere discussions hosted by Kate Lundy. I had missed the...