A few weeks ago I went to a talk by a senior academic about some of the major differences between the American and Australian approaches to ecological research. As she went through the history of the discipline and some of the most influential research from both continents, I realized that I hadn’t actually read most of the papers she was referring to. Some of the names may have been mentioned in my undergraduate courses, and I vaguely remember covering some of the concepts, but we had never been required to actually read any of these classic papers that form the foundation of ecology. Continue reading “Reading the Classics”