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I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at Longwood University. My main interests are how biodiversity affects ecosystem function in aquatic sediments. You can find out more about what my lab is doing here: http://longwood.edu/staff/fortinok


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accepted Does the oxygen concentration equilibrate between red blood cells in the liver sinusoids?
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comment Why are there ecosystems?
Fair enough but since you are only considering species interactions and not the impact of the abiotic environment you are describing community-level organization and not ecosystem level organization.
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comment Why are there ecosystems?
This may be an answer to why are there communities (although the data don't really support it) but an ecosystem is defined as the interrelated system of living and non-living components of the environment. Thus, coevolution can only afford a partial solution.
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comment Is the Andraka pancreatic cancer test real?
I think "fake" here implies that Andraka willfully misled people to earn the prize. I don't think that is likely and speculating on it would be outside the scope of the site. If you want a better explanation of the ways in which the method may not work as well as originally proposed, then you should re-word your question to reflect that.
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comment Why Can Varied Species Live Together in Particular Ecosystems?
@ChinmayKanchi It isn't the best question in the world but E should not be correct. Variation in habitat and trophic level are not mechanisms that explain species coexistence in a community.
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answered Why Can Varied Species Live Together in Particular Ecosystems?
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comment Does preservation in ethanol alter leaf litter mass?
@Abe Thanks for the paper, I look forward to reading it. We are actually testing this now. The initial tests with fairly old OM showed no effect but we are planning some tests with fresher OM to see if that makes a difference.
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comment Does preservation in ethanol alter leaf litter mass?
We run the samples through a 1 mm sieve to separate CPOM from the remaining sample. The coarse fraction is then dried at 50 dC and ashed at 550 dC to determine LOI and % OM.
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reviewed Close Growing crops on the Moon
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reviewed Close How to determine if a plant is autotrophic or heterotrophic?
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revised Do invasive species cause long-term damage to ecosystems they invade?
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revised Are there any pathogenic archaeans?
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answered Why Didn't Evolution Cause the Human Body to become Streamlined?