ResearchBlogCast #4: Decreasing Predator Size Increases Prey Numbers

Each week Dave Munger, Razib Khan and I discuss a recent paper from This week was my turn to choose and we discussed the following recent paper:

Shackell, N., Frank, K., Fisher, J., Petrie, B., & Leggett, W. (2009). Decline in top predator body size and changing climate alter trophic structure in an oceanic ecosystem Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277 (1686), 1353-1360 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2009.1020

This paper was blogged on by Daniel Bassett at the relatively new and wonderful blog Fish Schooled. Daniel is a sometime commenter on DSN too so he gets major awesome points! Go check out his blog and add it to your reader.