As Garth would say, “Excellent!”

wayne_and_garth.jpgTop ten list – Excellent!

I am honored to have received the Excellent blog award, bestowed after a rigorous screening and review process, and accompanied by a handsome prize consisting of the right to display proudly a small jpeg image on my website (see below left, and in the sidebar).

The honor was bestowed by the venerable Coturnix (aka Bora Zivkovic) at “A blog around the clock“.  For those less familiar with the minutiae of blog history, Bora is a pioneer of science blogging.  His multifarious accomplishments include (1) serving as the Online Community Manager at PLoS-ONE (Public Library of Science), the rapidly growing open-access biology journal that encourages online commentary; (2) conceiving the idea for, and editing, the inaugural two issues of “The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs“, which have been made available to Luddites in old-fashioned paper format, available here; (3) co-organizing the (first?) North Carolina Science Blogging Conference, which drew a large number of premier science bloggers , journalists, scientists, and educators from around North America, and which I will definitely want to attend next time around.    

excellentblog.jpgAn honor such as this comes with responsibility of course.  And in the characteristic pyramid-scheme modus operandi of the blogosphere, mine is to finger ten more blogs that I deem “excellent!”  I am of course delighted to do so.  Thus, in no particular order:

Growth is madness. It’s the economy, stupid.  And the people (yes, us) that keep cranking it upward.

Trinifar. More than food for thought – a feast for thought.

The other 95%.  Wide-ranging essays, musings, and news related to the bizarre and multifarious creatures that populate our earth.

Church of the Flying Spaghetti MonsterAmen brothers and sisters!

The Beagle Project.  A clever premise, which provides scaffolding for some interesting discussion.

Earth Forum.  More than just a blog — it’s an encyclopedia too!

Framing science.  And politics, etc.  The power of words, for good and ill.

Environmental economics.  WWA (Wonks with attitude). Actually makes economics interesting.

Children and Nature Network.  OK, I cheated — it’s not a blog.  But I love what these guys are about and what they’re doing.

Blogfish.  One of my early inspirations in blogging. A pioneer at the interface of marine science, conservation, and outreach.

There you have it.  Tag — you’re it!


About Emmett Duffy

I am a Natural Patriot and an ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and its importance to human society. My day job is Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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7 Responses to As Garth would say, “Excellent!”

  1. Trinifar says:

    I love you too, Emmett!

  2. kevin z says:

    Thanks Emmett! It means alot coming from you. Does this mean I’m hired?? ;p

  3. Emmett Duffy says:

    Alas, Kevin, the powers bestowed upon me in the blogosphere don’t extend that far into real life!

  4. kevin z says:

    Oh well, anyways

    “Party on Emmett”

  5. John Feeney says:

    Hey thanks Garth Emmett. :)

    As an update, I believe the economic growth issue is now being embraced by mainstream environmentalists. That means my focus is likely going to narrow more on population. Gotta go where I’m most needed, eh?

  6. Emmett Duffy says:

    John, I remain hopeful that what mainstream environmentalists are embracing is (or will turn out to be) actually sustainable high living standards, rather than economic growth per se. However, because the global public has been hypnotized into equating “growth” with “good”, environmentalists trying to make headway in modern America have adopted the language of growth. Let’s hope that does not amount to a deal with the devil . . . Keep fighting the good fight!

  7. John Feeney says:

    I should clarify. I meant actually that I think mainstream environmentalists are coming around to seeing economic growth as a problem. e.g., George Monbiot recently wrote an article citing it as a major problem.

    Unfortunately, he also used the article to try to dismiss the importance of population, using an erroneous comparison of population growth and economic growth in the process (not realizing that his definition of economic growth has population growth as one of the factors driving it). But it does make one very widely read environmental writer who’s pointed to economic growth as a major problem.