Today I share my first impressions of books about urban birds, materials science and a children’s dystopian novel that was recently adapted into a film.
Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods With Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife by John Marzluff [Yale University Press, 2014; Guardian bookshop; Amazon UK hardcover; Amazon US hardcover/kindle US]Continue reading...
This is the text from a national press release that’s been sent out today by the Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area:
Wildlife, communities and local economies are reaping the benefits of England’s new Nature Improvement Areas, according to a report published last week (14th November). The Nene Valley is one of these twelve...Read the full article.
A peer-reviewed paper in a computational biology journal called “Ten simple rules for better figures.”
Lisa Buckley explains “Why I will always give new students scut-work.” Sounds mostly right to me, at least in that experimental system.
Jon Christensen, a historian at UCLA, wants us to abandon the legacy of John Muir. “‘Muir’s a dead end,’ he said. ‘It’s time to bury his legacy and move on’.” Or maybe Christensen wants some press. Which is a more parsimonious explanation?Read the full article.
It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and other stuff) that we found interesting but didn’t have the time to write an entire post about. If you think there’s something we missed, or have something to say, please share in the comments section!
Last week, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced the first “Green List of Protected Areas”. The idea behind this list is to recognize protected areas all over the World that are successfully meeting their goals. Insofar, the IUCN has evaluated parks in eight countries (Australia, China, Colombia, France, Italy...Read the full article.
Also this week: the ethnography of Wikipedia, neuroscience vs. theory, why statistically significant parameter estimates are biased estimates, and more. Plus a hilarious prank instructors can play on their TAs! For some value of “hilarious”.
Lots of sensible discussion in the paleo blogosphere this week about the need for clear policies on live tweeting of conference talks, after a speaker asked the audience not to live tweet her talk and a late-arriving audience member did so. See here, here, here, and...Read the full article.
Three-quarters of the Mediterranean region’s most valuable areas for freshwater biodiversity lie outside of protected areas, leaving some of the most area’s most important and diverse freshwater ecosystems vulnerable to human threats. This is the key finding of a new IUCN assessment reported to the recent IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.
The report suggests that at least 167 sites in the Mediterranean Basin –covering an area of 302,557 km2 – qualify as freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) . Key Biodiversity Areas are an IUCN designation of the most important sites for biodiversity conservation worldwide, particularly important in maintaining species populations. They are assessed globally using a standardised criteria based on how vulnerable and...Read the full article.
So for various reasons, one of which was being unsure of whether a PhD was for me, I found myself asking to work as an Intern with the good people in the Zoology Department at TCD. To give you a bit of background, I am a Zoology graduate with an MSc in Marine Biology, so not just some random bloke who happens to like animals and fancied chancing his arm. Anyway, I approached Dr. Ian Donohue whose research group interested me and thus began a 9 month Internship as a Research Assistant.Read the full article.