Based on my interest in authorship practices in ecology, I decided to look at papers published in Ecology in each of the past seven decades to see how corresponding authorship changed over that time.* I looked at the first (or second**) issue of Ecology in 1956 and every ten years thereafter.
tl:dr version of the results: Not surprisingly, the number of authors increased over time. For corresponding authorship, I found that, in 1996 and earlier, the corresponding author was almost never indicated. Looking every 5 years from 2001-2016, the first author*** was usually the corresponding author, though expanding the analysis to include AmNat and Evolution**** suggests that some of the changes might be due to some of the more mundane...Read the full article.
A couple months ago, a discovery was in the news: A “new human organ.” Oddly enough, I was already familiar with it, just a little bit.
In grad school, I taught a couple human anatomy lab sections. It was pretty much a disaster for me, considering my training focused on the ecology and evolution of ants.
The lab that I was teaching had four cadavers. As TAs, we kept ahead of the students by participating in dissections just days ahead of the students, getting to new systems and new details as the semester progressed. This was the first chance I had the chance to look at the insides of people in detail, and it was really amazing, and there were lots of...Read the full article.
I’ve now been living in Australia for almost 18 years, and I’m an unashamed convert to #TeamMarsupial. Marsupials are fascinating animals in both evolutionary and ecological terms, but at times I am surprised by how poorly-understood they are. I’ve been thinking of writing a post to address some recurring marsupial misconceptions for a while. When I saw how many marsupials were in the lineup for this year’s Mammal March Madness (more on this below) I decided that the time was right! So here we have it: eight things you might not know about marsupials, and profiles of the eight amazing marsupial species featured in Mammal March Madness 2017:Eight things about marsupials… 1. Marsupials are mammals
Taxonomists group organisms together at...Read the full article.
By Natasha Pauli, Lecturer in Geography in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia
Categorisation of farmers’ knowledge of soil
biota, based on the ‘knowledge-practice-belief’
complex in ethnoecology. From Pauli et al. 2016
The 2016 publication of the Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas presented a compelling depiction of soil biology to a wide audience. The need for the Atlas is reflected in the fact that soil biodiversity is undervalued by society, and rarely considered within policy frameworks to protect either soil quality or biodiversity. However, this relative lack of interest in soil biological health does not hold true across all segments of society. If you were to go and ask someone who makes their living from the land what they know about soil health and soil...Read the full article.