I’m involved in a Plenary Workshop this year, organized by some great folks at UNC-Chapel Hill. I’m privileged to have been asked by these students, al of whom are currently Ph.D candidates. They’ve taken a great idea and turned it into something that will be an excellent Plenary Session, with some (hopefully) long lasting impact. Given the subject (the future of interdisciplinary ecology) it’s also perfectly well suited to the centennial ESA meeting. They’ve just posted this to ECOLOG so I wanted to share it here, since many of my readers are likely involved in interdisciplinary research themselves.
Dear members and friends of the Ecological Society of America (ESA): This survey is relevant to all ecologists, especially those engaged in interdisciplinary research. In celebration of the Centennial of ESA, a team of doctoral students at UNC Chapel Hill are...Read the full article.
If you are starting a faculty position, here’s something you can do that will make your life easier: start a spreadsheet with info on your undergrads.* My spreadsheet has a list by semester, which includes a list of all the undergrads who were working in the lab that semester. In addition, the spreadsheet has a section where I list each student in a separate row. In that section, I have columns for:
This post is a guest blog by one of my (now ex-) Ph.D. students, Dr Chloe McSkimming. Chloe has been working on what drives decline in seagrass systems and how we may be able to help stop the decline. The work described below is from one of her recent papers in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.
Human activities continue to challenge the capability of ecosystems to absorb disturbances, yet many systems that face substantial human pressure remain stable, resisting change. Over...Read the full article.
In recent years the Marlborough region of New Zealand has found international recognition amongst wine critics for the quality and uniqueness of its Sauvignon Blanc wines. New Zealand has been quick to capitalise on the positive press, and now Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc constitutes more than 80% of New Zealand’s wine exports to the rest of world. This is great for the local economy (and our winemakers’ pride!), but is there really something special about these Marlborough wines, or are they just the fleeting fancy of a fickle wine press?Read the full article.
Over the last five years Florian Hartig, Jörn Pagel, and myself (plus Björn Reineking in the early days) have organised an annual workshop on Bayesian modelling with ecological and environmental science applications being the principal focus. I am pleased to announce that we have finalised the details for this year’s course.
We’ve always been blessed with beautiful locations to run the course: from the Lindenhof outside the lovely historic town of Bayreuth, to the Black Forest outside Freiburg. This year is no different and so the course will take place on the stunning island of...Read the full article.