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  • via Chris Grieves from (Methods in Ecology and Evolution)
    1 hour 11 min ago
    2014 was a wonderful year for Methods in Ecology and Evolution. We had a record number of submissions and we published some fantastic articles (if we do say so ourselves). None of this would have been possible though without the … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • via Fletcher Halliday from Biodiverse Perspectives
    4 hours 4 min ago

    Although I’ve been a graduate student for more than four years, I’ve been a peer-reviewed author for just a few short months. My brief time as a researcher, writer, and published scientist in no way makes me an expert when it comes to developing a successful career in academia. However, during my time in grad school, I have become aware of three critical rules for achieving success in my field.

    Rule 1. Do good science. This is a no-brainer, really. If you want to be recognized for your contributions to the scientific world, start with good science.
    Rule 2. Be an advocate for your science. This is less obvious, but equally important. One of the most critical ways for your good science to be recognized is for you to advocate for it. This means give talks...

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  • via thefreshwaterblog from The BioFresh blog
    5 hours 50 min ago

    Image: Flickr | coniferconifer | Creative Commons

    A third of global freshwater crayfish populations are threatened with extinction, according to a newly published report.  A large team of researchers from the UK, Ireland, USA, Mexico, Australia and Austria, led by Nadia Richman at the Zoological Society of London, evaluated the extinction risk of the world’s 590 freshwater crayfish species based on the IUCN Red List categories.

    32% of global crayfish species were classified by the team as ‘at risk of extinction’, a figure far higher than...

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  • via Policy from BES Ecology and Policy Blog
    6 hours 25 min ago
    A comprehensive 25-year strategy to protect and enhance England’s natural capital is required if the Government is to meet its commitment for this generation to be the first to leave the natural environment in a better state than it inherited. Business … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • via Jeremy Fox from Dynamic Ecology
    7 hours 51 min ago

    This year, for the 30th year in a row, the University of Calgary will be celebrating Darwin Day with an invited seminar by a top evolutionary biologist.* We’re very excited to have the Rich Lenski as our speaker this year.**

    Rich has done lots of great stuff, but he’s most famous for his long-term evolution experiment (LTEE) with E. coli, which has been running for almost 27 years and over 60,000 generations. Rich has a series of blog posts summarizing the key results. I’m not an evolutionary biologist, and I’m biased because I’m a microcosm guy, but whatever–I think the LTEE is the world’s greatest evolution experiment.

    I think it’s really interesting not just for the scientific results...

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  • via dinoverm from Parasite Ecology
    16 hours 18 min ago
    If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a really cool paper in Ecology Letters about the indirect effects of bears on ecological communities (Grinath et al. 2015). Did you know that bears will eat ants? Well, they will! Especially during … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • via CJAB from Conservation Bytes
    1 day 6 hours ago
    I’ve written before about how sometimes I can feel a little exasperated by what seems to be a constant barrage of bad English from some of my co-authors. No, I’m not focussing solely on students, or even native English speakers for that matter. In fact, one of the best (English) science writers with whom I’ve […] ... Read the full article.
  • via Terry McGlynn from Small Pond Science
    1 day 6 hours ago

    It takes time and effort to publish a paper. After all, if it were really easy, then publications wouldn’t be a workable (albeit flawed) currency in for success in the sciences.

    I often have heard about how some labs experience a bigger or smaller MPU (minimum publishable unit) than others, as I’ve worked in biology departments with a lot of academic diversity.

    For example, I once knew an immunologist in an undergraduate institution who spent five years of consistently applied effort, to generate a single paper on a smallish-scale project. This wasn’t a problem in the department, as everyone accepted the notion that the amount of work that it took to generate a paper on this topic was greater than what it would take for (say) physiology, vertebrate paleontology, or ecology.

    As another example, I knew a physiologist who was one of the more productive professors in his teaching institution. This person was quick to minimize the research, claiming that it’s...

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  • via Erika Newton from The Applied Ecologist's blog
    1 day 6 hours ago
    In this post, Dustin Ranglack describes his recent paper with co-authors Susan Durham and Johan du Toit “Competition on the range: science vs. perception in a bison–cattle conflict in the western USA” In the western USA, few wildlife species are as controversial as American bison (Bison bison). Bison seem to be one of the few wildlife […] Read the full article.
  • via Meghan Duffy from Dynamic Ecology
    1 day 7 hours ago

    As I’ve written about before, we’ve moved Intro Bio towards a flipped model: students have to do pre-readings (and sometimes watch videos) prior to coming to class, they get quizzed before every class (on both the pre-readings and material from the earlier class), and we’ve incorporated much more active learning into the classroom (e.g., clickers, drawing and interpreting figures). I am 100% certain that my students learned more with this format. I haven’t yet done a formal analysis of the Bloom’s taxonomy levels of exam questions, but I know I was writing many more questions that required application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation than I did in the past, and the mean...

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