I have a pet peeve. About a year ago, I was scrolling through Pinterest and came across a Diane Von Furstenburg pin of a print used in her collection. The print resembled a clouded leopard, but when I clicked on the photo, it took me to a snow leopard photo, with natural history and conservation information about that species. I was so excited to see this connection to the animal itself, but was disappointed that the information was wrong.
All spotted prints are not the same! Being a fashionista, but also a scientist (especially a mammalogist), I actually care if people get the animal right. Even better, if they know something about the animal. Combining my love of fashion and animals, fellow blogger Emily Puckett and I are both writing a series of blogs focused on the animals behind the apparel you wear.
This first post is on the most...Read the full article.
As I’ve written about recently, I’ve been trying to think more about how my lab archives and shares data and code. After getting a little bit of experience with GitHub at a Software Carpentry workshop in January, I decided to try using that to archive data and code related to a paper that was just accepted this morning. (Hooray!) I figured I’d share the experience here, especially since the only thing that saved me from giving up on the whole experience was a well-timed tweet.
Prior to submitting the manuscript the first time, I wanted to upload the data and code to GitHub, so that reviewers could access it if they wished. I made sure the code was reasonably well annotated. (Well, I think it is. I have no real training in this, so it’s possible I’m...Read the full article.
Authors: Glenda Wardle, Aaron Greenville, Anke Frank, Max Tischler, Nathan Emery and Christopher R Dickman.
Published in: Austral Ecology Special Issue: Ecosystem Risk Assessment
Ecosystems across the world, and the biodiversity they support, are experiencing increasing anthropogenic pressure, and many will not persist without intervention. Given their complexity, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has adopted an international standard for ecosystem risk assessment that builds on the strengths of the species-based Red List criteria.... Read the full article.
At Lincoln University there are several blogs being supported by staff in addition to EcoLincNZ. One of particular interest is “GIS Blog” which is written by Crile Doscher and Brad Case and focuses on GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Many of the research that is done the Department of Ecology is interested in using GIS to establish home ranges for various species, especially for our postgraduates, e.g. possums, mice, cats and so on. A recent blog...Read the full article.
Wild birds identify “good” seeds without first opening the shells by weighing them and by listening to the sound produced when clicking their beaks on the shell, according to a recent study
A previous study suggested that birds prefer seeds or nuts that are heavier or denser (Heinrich et al, 1997), but there has been very little research in the ensuing twenty years into which sensory cues are used by birds to make these important decisions.Continue reading...