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  • via thefreshwaterblog from The BioFresh blog
    9 hours 24 min ago

    DESSIN_CMYK_CLAIM_WEBSustainable water management is one of the most pressing global environmental challenges, as growing human populations abstract, pollute and divert water flows across the world, whilst patterns of precipitation shift in response to a changing climate.  The result is a situation where some parts of the world are facing more severe floods, whilst others are experiencing acute water scarcity.  Global freshwaters are increasingly polluted, particularly in urban areas.

    DESSIN is a new European Union project which aims to specifically address...

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  • via Jeremy Fox from Dynamic Ecology
    11 hours 16 min ago

    Inspired by, and related to, Meg’s recent poll on how you interpret interaction terms and main effects in ANOVA, I thought I’d ask my own ANOVA-related questions:

    Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;;pd.src='';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;;pd.src=' Read the full article.
  • via Corey Bradshaw from Conservation Bytes
    1 day 10 hours ago

    If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll be no stranger to my views on what I believe is one of the most abused, and therefore now meaningless, words in scientific writing: ‘significance’ and her adjective sister, ‘significant’. I hold that it should be stricken entirely from the language of science writing.

    Most science writing has become burdened with archaic language that perhaps at one time meant something, but now given the ubiquity of certain terms in most walks of life and their subsequent misapplication, many terms...

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  • via Terry McGlynn from Small Pond Science
    1 day 10 hours ago

    We need to ditch the “academic pipeline” metaphor. Why?

    The professional destinations of people who enter academic science are necessarily varied.

    We do not intend or plan for everybody training in science to become academic researchers.

    The pipeline metaphor dehumanizes people.

    The people who leave the so-called pipeline don’t like being called drips.

    The pipeline is perceived as a linear route that can only be filled at an early stage, with a single distant target for all of its contents.

    The prevailing metaphor engenders a policy perspective that directs funding and effort at retention, rather than recruitment.

    So then, what is better than a pipeline? I propose a subway.

    The academic subway system sends students and researchers to a broad variety of professional destinations. It’s possible to hope off the...

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  • via Meghan Duffy from Dynamic Ecology
    1 day 11 hours ago

    Last year, I attended the defense talk of Jasmine Crumsey, who is now a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University. Her PhD dissertation focused on the impacts of exotic earthworms on soil carbon dynamics. Her work is notable because of what she found (exotic earthworms alter carbon storage, but the exact effect differs among species depending on their burrowing pattern), but also because of how she found it: she worked with radiologists from the University of Michigan medical school to reconstruct and quantify earthworm burrow systems. How cool is that?*


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  • via (Angela Watkins) from Computational Landscape Ecology
    1 day 12 hours ago
    The last 2 months have been intensive. I finally handed in my thesis, and only about 1 1/2 weeks late. Which personally I think is quite impressive! Although, I honestly have never found anything so stressful.

    Following a bit of a break down and a cry, the pressure just seemed so great and I just needed it all to be over. The last four weeks of work nearly broke me. Looking back on it now, I wonder why I put so much pressure on myself, but the end was getting nearer and nearer and yet I couldn't see any light at the end of the tunnel. It just seemed like the final weeks would just stretch on and on and on and on. Nothing would change and I would be stuck in the groundhog day of writing and writing, and stressing, and writing, and getting so entwined in everything that I almost couldn't breathe.

    You would think that I would have had this magical moment upon my final hand in. However, I found the whole experience a complete anti-climax. I handed in a complete first... Read the full article.
  • via (David Steen) from Living Alongside Wildlife
    2 days 4 hours ago
    Living Alongside Wildlife is now on Facebook. You know what to do. Did you catch this Slate story about why it's not a good idea to release snakes in your yard to reduce the number of Copperheads, featuring lots of input by yours truly?  If that wasn't enough of me for you, check out this piece on Vet Street about why we shouldn't be so afraid of snakes. Must see incredible pictures of leaping
  • via jeffollerton from Jeff Ollerton
    2 days 10 hours ago

    2012-05-31 13.57.26

    Is nature something that we should simply value for its own sake?  Or should we take account of how nature supports our society and our economy in real financial terms?  Back in 1997 Australian academic Robert Costanza and colleagues published a now classic paper in the journal Nature called “The value of the world’s ecosystem services and natural capital” that proved to be hugely influential and has been cited more than 3,500 times by other researchers in...

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  • via Ian Lunt from Ian Lunt's Ecological Research Site
    3 days 2 hours ago

    Georgia votingI didn’t intend to write this blog. I started to write another post on patch mosaic burning. But I got stumped by a simple question. I realized that the blog I intended to write would founder if everyone answered that question differently. So this week’s blog contains a quiz, a poll, to see how everybody interprets my puzzling question.

    We all know the phrase ‘patch mosaic burning promotes diversity’. It’s a simple phrase but it leaves a lot unsaid. The comparison is hidden. If patch mosaic burning promotes diversity, then it must create more diversity than some other kind of fire regime.

    My puzzling question is – what comparison do you have in mind when you say ‘patch...

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  • via will.pearse from Phylo-Eco-Geo-Evo Journal Club
    3 days 4 hours ago

    PEGE is going on holiday for a few weeks, but we’ll be back in full force on the 17th of August. We’re unusually busy at the moment, and haven’t had a proper break since starting PEGE.

    If missing your fortnightly-fix of PEGE leaves you pulling you hair out, don’t despair! Will will be writing up things he sees/wants to see at Botany and ESA this year here on PEGE, so check in with us around then for some conference-tacular fun. He may even post some pictures of people having beer on Twitter, he’s that crazy. Moreover, the strangely-named willeerd will still be running, so head there for a window into the mind of an R-addict.

    We know that some of you want a better heads-up as to what we’re going...

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