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  • via (David Steen) from Living Alongside Wildlife
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    15 hours 24 min ago
    Hi Dr. Steen-     I saw the Slate article about your website awhile ago and so when my husband and I found a few snakes around our house recently, I thought I'd send the pictures along. The first photo is of what I think is a Western Diamondback. It had the black and white stripe pattern above the rattles on the tail, but didn't seem to have to greenish tinge that the Internet mentioned of
  • via EcoEvo@TCD from EcoEvo@TCD
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    19 hours 1 min ago


    Congratulations – you’ve got your first Faculty position and you’re about to start! So you know you have to put together new teaching modules, get some grants and write some kick-ass papers. But in the midst of the head-down craziness of a new position it’s important to keep your eye on the ball. How do you make sure that in two years time you’ve been doing the right things and can progress at your new institution?

    1. Get hold of the promotion form for your new institution, start filling it in and update it every 3 months or so. Do the same with the annual appraisal form, hopefully it’s similar to the promotion form! That way you can start building your portfolio and you don’t forget achievements. It also keeps you focused on the...

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  • via thefreshwaterblog from The BioFresh blog
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    19 hours 11 min ago


    DESSIN is a European Union project (featured on the blog last year) which aims to specifically address water scarcity and water quality issues in urban areas, partnering scientists with water management organisations and technology companies to design new and innovative solutions for water management.

    DESSIN has two broad aims: first to explore new technology and management approaches to address some of the world’s most pressing water issues; and second to use the ecosystem services concept to provide evidence of the benefit of new approaches in economic, social and environmental terms, in...

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  • via Terry McGlynn from Small Pond Science
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    20 hours 18 min ago

    LinkedIn, Facebook, ORCID, Twitter, Instagram, Klout, Mendeley, ResearchGate.

    I’m signed up for all of these things. Some are useful, some can be annoying, some I just ignore.

    Some vague time ago, a friend in my department mentioned that I should sign up for ResearchGate. I said something like, “It’s just another one of those social networks, yadda yadda so what.” But I signed up anyway*.

    At the time I signed up, I halfheartedly connected some of my papers, and since then I’ve ignored it. Jump to last week, when one of their emails was creative enough to find its way through my spam filter:

    rgateclipI was like, huh? I chose to click over to my profile on ResearchGate.

    It mentioned that I’ve had 1,127...

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  • via Jeremy Fox from Dynamic Ecology
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    20 hours 52 min ago

    Here it is again: ask us anything, and we’ll answer!

    Got a question about ecology, academia, bird poop, or anything else we blog about? Ask us! Past questions have ranged from the statistical techniques every ecologist needs to know, to how to transition from postdoc to PI, to how much time we spend reading the literature, to how we’d...

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  • via Alice Plane from The Applied Ecologist's blog
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    23 hours 49 min ago
    In this post Robin Cook discusses his recent paper with Steven Holmes and Robert Fryer ‘Grey seal predation impairs recovery of an over-exploited fish stock’ Both seals and humans prey on fish and so potentially compete for the same resource. Such competition is vividly illustrated in the controversy surrounding the effect grey seals have on […] Read the full article.
  • via James_Borrell from James Borrell
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    1 day 2 hours ago

    If you want to support conservation, I think that there’s two main ways to do it (A bit of a generalisation, but go with it).

    The first, which is the angle I come from, is to go out and ‘DO’ conservation work. We’ll call this the ‘soft option’, because it’s kind of fun, looks pretty cool, and it’s populated by a lot of folks who can’t hack office jobs. It gets some results, too, but lots of time and effort is often spent asking for money.

    The second, which I’m probably too risk averse to attempt, is to build a (sustainable) global business, make lots and lots and LOTS of money, and then give it effectively to conservation charities. We’ll call this the ‘hard option’, because it’s really really hard, but also in my humble opinion, sounds less fun.

    It is however, hugely...

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  • via CJAB from Conservation Bytes
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    1 day 3 hours ago
    This is just a quick post to update followers about a few things I’ll be up to over the next 5 months. While I can guarantee that the posts will be more or less as frequent, some of the subject material might shift slightly given my new geographic focus. I’m most fortunate to have […] ... Read the full article.
  • via Lara Semple from ecoLincNZ
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    1 day 10 hours ago

    Everyone has seen adverts or read about how tropical forests are being cut down for human uses, such as furniture, fire wood or just to clear land for farming, which is significantly decreasing wildlife populations globally. One method to combat this decline is for governments to create nature reserves and restrict access to prevent logging and wildlife poaching. However, this has caused great conflict with local people with regard to access rights. Dr. Ani Kartikasari argued during her PhD, done at Lincoln University, that it is important to start from the grass roots level and include the local people in conservation policy decisions in order to be successful.

    Globally, tropical forests are experiencing deforestation with a loss of 7.6 million ha every year. Every day 32,300 ha of forest disappear from Earth and another 32,300 ha are degraded. One of the ways to stop this destruction is through protection of forests. However, a large problem for...

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  • via laurajanegraham from BES Quantitative Ecology Blog
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    1 day 17 hours ago

    The mapView R function looks really useful for exploring spatial data interactively. It comes as part of the Rsenal package.

    Canhos et al. discuss the importance of e-infrastructures for sharing biodiversity data. They use the case study of Brazil’s speciesLink network and discuss some of the benefits an effective e-infrastructure can deliver, as well as some of the issues (e.g. long-term funding).

    There’s an interesting look at whether or not to log count data (or use a GLM instead) on the biology for fun blog.

    The BES...

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