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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?
Apr
11
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.
Apr
10
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.
Feb
15
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.
Feb
10
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.
Feb
10
answered Why Can Varied Species Live Together in Particular Ecosystems?
Feb
9
awarded  Famous Question
Dec
15
awarded  Yearling
Nov
19
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.
Nov
18
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.
Nov
7
reviewed Close Growing crops on the Moon
Nov
7
reviewed Close How to determine if a plant is autotrophic or heterotrophic?
Aug
30
revised Do invasive species cause long-term damage to ecosystems they invade?
removed extra "to" in title
Aug
6
revised Are there any pathogenic archaeans?
corrected some minor spelling and grammer issues
Aug
2
answered Why Didn't Evolution Cause the Human Body to become Streamlined?
Aug
2
comment Goats are so fearless but sheep are not. Is there any genetic difference responsible?
How is this getting so many up-votes? No offense to the OP but do we really feel that this question shows research effort?
Jul
30
comment Why are animal births not taken as seriously as human births?
I don't thing you can generalize this broadly. There are human societies where the women generally give birth alone. But more importantly, "animals" is a big group. Some animals that bear live young labor extensively, but others don't (e.g., kangaroo). And some others have external fertilization so there is no labor at all.
Jul
13
comment What does “fit” mean in “survival of the fittest”?
This is a very vague question. What aspect of fitness do you not understand?
May
30
comment If Evolution Is In Progress, Why Fight Extinction?
@fileunderwater I agree. I misinterpreted what was being said on my first reading.
May
30
revised If Evolution Is In Progress, Why Fight Extinction?
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