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  • via EcoEvo@TCD from EcoEvo@TCD
    13 hours 10 min ago

    AWBVDSC_2691.jpeg-p194p512d2km1im218hp1hk2sjt-0It’s coming up to winter so people will be conscious that our garden birds need a helping hand to get through the cold months. Bird feeders will be stocked, bread served up and water dished out. In the UK alone, almost half of households provide supplementary food for birds throughout the year. And although songbirds are usually the species that come to mind when we think of provisioning food the same principle can apply to more exotic birds, notably vultures. Indeed conservationists have supplied extra food to these scavengers for decades...

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  • via Charles Krebs from Ecological Rants
    17 hours 59 min ago
    Perhaps we should stop and look at the evils of citation analysis in science. Citation analysis began some 15 or 20 years ago with a useful thought that it might be nice to know if one’s scientific papers were being read and used by others working in the same area. But now it has morphed […] Read the full article.
  • via Charles Krebs from Ecological Rants
    18 hours 10 min ago
    The conservation problem is largely focused on large things, birds and mammals, with a few pretty things like butterflies thrown in. What concerns me is the current distortion in the conservation knowledge base available for large animal conservation. I will talk largely about mammals but large birds are equally a problem. The difficulty is this. […] Read the full article.
  • via bblonder from Natural Curiosities
    21 hours 6 min ago

    Quaking aspen is my favorite tree. In the autumn its leaves change color to a warm yellow, making a perfect contrast against its white and black bark. At sunset the forest glows with the light filtering through the stands of this species.

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    I never stop learning new things about it, either. On a recent hike on Mt. Bigelow in Arizona, I came across two aspen saplings, both growing in a sunny meadow that was heavily disturbed by a recent wildfire. The two trunks were only a meter apart, but one had leaves the size of a coin, and the other, leaves the size of a dinner plate (photo credit: Kristine de Leon).


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  • via Tom Webb from Mola mola
    23 hours 28 min ago

    I recently reviewed a manuscript for the pioneering journal PeerJ. This presented me with a quandary. PeerJ’s experiment in open reviewing is nicely outlined in their recent post, and includes two steps: reviewers can sign their reports, and authors can publish the review history alongside their accepted paper. My quandary was this: I love the second idea, and think it is an important step forward in opening up the peer review process; but I don’t like to sign my reviews. Not because I want to hide behind anonymity - clearly, writing this post shows that I’m not going to any great lengths to hide my identity from the authors of the PeerJ manuscript - but rather because I think remaining anonymous makes me, personally, a better reviewer. So, on this occasion - despite producing what I consider to be a ‘good’ review, in that it was both pretty thorough, and very positive - I declined to sign....

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  • via Jeremy Fox from Dynamic Ecology
    1 day 31 min ago

    I just finished my NSERC grant (hooray!), so thought I’d fire off a quick post with some thoughts on the difference between NSERC grants and NSF grants.

    If you don’t know, NSERC is the Canadian federal government agency that funds non-biomedical research in Canada. It’s the Canadian equivalent of NSF (US) or NERC (UK). As I’ve discussed in the past, NSERC Discovery grants (DGs) are very different beasts than NSF grants (or grants for almost any other funding agency on earth, as far as I know). Briefly, DGs are 5 pages long, and you propose your entire research program for the next 5 years, not just one project. DGs are similar to NSF preproposals in terms of length, but even that’s not really a great comparison because NSF preproposals describe a single project rather than an entire research program.

    As an example...

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  • via Erika Newton from The Applied Ecologist's blog
    1 day 44 min ago
    This post was written by Jonathan Rhodes, @j_r_rhodes, on the recent paper by Masa Soga et al. on land sharing and land sparing in urban systems. In agricultural landscapes the idea of choosing between strategies that intersperse intensive land-uses with areas set aside for biodiversity (land sparing) versus less intensive agriculture without set-asides (land sharing) […] Read the full article.
  • via (David Steen) from Living Alongside Wildlife
    1 day 20 hours ago
    Here are some recent snake identification requests I've received. Please see below for our snake ID post ground rules! Good morning,We found the snake shown on the attached picture in front of our house.Roberto L.Cooper City, Florida Good morning David, Here are some shots of 2 snakes, one dying, one very much alive. (no human intervention involved). I think I know what the live one
  • via Lauren Sandhu from Journal of Ecology blog
    1 day 21 hours ago
    In celebration of Open Access week 2014 each of the British Ecological Society’s journals, including Journal of Ecology, have each published a Virtual Issue of recently published OA papers. Click on the covers below to access each journal’s Virtual Issue. … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • via Terry McGlynn from Small Pond Science
    2 days 10 min ago

    Here is a detailed report on my brief experience with the SACNAS meeting, aggregated as an unordered set of observations and thoughts.

    Just a short while ago, I was wondering whether my students are better served attending a disciplinary meeting, or a minority-focused conference. I was given the opportunity by SACNAS to see for myself. The comments on my earlier post were helpful, and described my question as a false dichotomy. As the commenters indicated, one meeting cannot substitute the other, as they are different creatures.

    I was only available to attend two-half days (on account of mountains of personal stuff, but this is not That Kind of blog). I was there...

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