It’s been hard to wait a whole year, I know! Taxonomist Appreciation Day is coming up, on 19 March!
I imagine museums, science departments, and libraries will have costume shows, trivia, art competitions, and potluck taxonomic salad festivals. Meanwhile, the talented scientific artists of BuzzHootRoar are running their annual taxonomy pun contest!
Here are their instructions:
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Also this week: A dark horse candidate to win Mammal March Madness, the trickiness of interaction terms in logistic regression, a depressing definition of taxonomy, and more.
ESA has announced this year’s award winners! Diana Wall has been selected as the Eminent Ecologist Award winner and Jennifer Williams received this year’s Mercer Award for her paper on rapid evolution accelerating plant population spread in fragmented experimental landscapes. Click through to see the full list of award winners. Congrats to all of them!
A visual introduction to probability and statistics. (Warning: you will be tempted to spend lots of time playing with the different visualizations!) This seems like it could be great for teaching.
My colleague Gina...Read the full article.
It is widely known that the white-tailed deer is a nonstop eater. Unless it is sleeping or fleeing from a predator, the keystone North American herbivore is nearly always nibbling.
Ecologically, deer herbivory is a fairly well understood phenomenon. The presence, abundance and reproductive success of many plant species are directly affected by deer, whose populations are orders of magnitude greater in some regions than they were before European settlement.
Now, scientists are looking beyond herbivory to better understand the indirect effects of deer on eastern North American forest landscapes. In particular, scientists are interested in how the animal’s presence and behaviours affect the composition and overall health of the wildflowers and other herbs — what scientists call understory communities — that...Read the full article.
|Touring Kasaguadua Nature Reserve|
I am a female soil scientist (a soil ecologist, more specifically). And while traditionally the field of soil science has been dominated by men, I’d like to think that women are catching up. Certainly in the labs where I have worked in the last 10 years, women have dominated the postdoc and PhD positions, although this trend yet has to reach the more senior, permanent academic posts. (Unfortunately, there are many reasons why it might not.)Read the full article.