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  • via jebyrnes from im a chordata! urochordata!
    6 hours 24 min ago

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    Who wants to make a kickass, public-friendly, dynamic, online appendix with a map for their papers? ME! (and you, right?) Let’s talk about a cool way to make your data sing to a much broader audience than a static image.

    Last time, I mentioned that I had also been playing the Rstudio’s Leaflet package. For those who don’t know, Leaflet is a javascript library for generating interactive maps. I don’t know javascript (really), but I do know R, so this library is incredibly...

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  • via Meghan Duffy from Dynamic Ecology
    12 hours 5 min ago

    People cry. Scientists are people. Therefore, scientists cry. So why is it that scientists and academics can get so freaked out by a colleague or student crying?

    I cried through my entire defense. I was completely embarrassed by it at the time, but, fortunately, my committee carried on without making a fuss over it. I think several things contributed to me crying in that situation. First, I was stressed. For me, crying is very much a stress release (though, fortunately, generally holds off until after the stressful situation is over – just not in this particular situation!) Second, I had just finished giving my talk, which ended with the much longer acknowledgments that are typical of defense talks. That included acknowledging my father. My father and I have always been very close, and he was my field assistant for two summers when I was a grad student. Then, while I was finishing up, he had a major stroke. So, his attendance at my defense talk was a huge, emotional event....

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  • via Policy from BES Ecology and Policy Blog
    13 hours 7 min ago
    ‘Broadly, all of the major political parties in the UK are saying that science is great, but it isn’t a headline message for any of them.’ So said Naomi Weir, Acting Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) at … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • via Aaron Sidder from NREL EcoPress
    1 day 6 hours ago

    Beginning in the Fall 2015 semester, the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) will offer a Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting (MGMA). The MGMA is a coursework-only format (no thesis) that will typically be completed in three semesters with an additional one-semester internship. The MGMA will offer training in developing and quantifying of greenhouse gas mitigation efforts to help students pursue careers in the agricultural and forestry sectors. Interested students are encouraged to apply; ESS is accepting applications until the end of March for next fall.

    The MGMA program leads are Dr. Richard Conant and Dr. Stephen Ogle, both professors in ESS. Dr. Conant’s research focuses on understanding the feedbacks between human activities and ecosystem biogeochemistry, specifically how land use and land management impact carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural and grassland ecosystems. Dr. Ogle is a global leader in research dealing with...

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  • via Brian McGill from Dynamic Ecology
    1 day 10 hours ago

    (warning this is long – you can skip to the conclusions or even bottom-bottom line at the end if you want)

    I am not an expert on pedagogical methods. But I have been on the teacher side of university education for almost 20 years. And I’ve literally taught 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 600 level classes. I’ve taught classes ranging from 630 students to 3. Math-oriented to field-based. In short a pretty typical mid-career teaching history. And about 8 years ago, I took over a 600+ student intro bio class (basically BIO 100) and spent a lot of time thinking about goals which led to my introducing clickers which led to my basically being the lead academic (working with the campus learning center) leading clicker introduction in basic science classes across campus. And I was a TA in a class before and after introduction of active learning. (my most recent experience with changing pedagogy in a class is discussed below) So I’ve formed a few opinions along...

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  • via suzannebirch from Open Quaternary Discussions
    1 day 10 hours ago

    This post is by Erik Ersmark,  lead author of the recently published paper “Population Demography and Genetic Diversity in the Pleistocene Cave Lion“. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics at Stockholm University and the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden.

    Today’s African savannah boasts an impressive biodiversity of large mammals that is unique in the modern world. However, this kind of ecosystem was not always restricted to the grasslands of Africa. Far back in time a similar steppe stretched across the entire Eurasian continent all the way from Spain to Alaska, a huge northern savannah inhabited by huge mammals. But although similar, it was at the same time quite different: instead of wildebeests, buffalos and elephants, this steppe was home to bison, aurochs and woolly mammoths. Its fauna was...

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  • via Terry McGlynn from Small Pond Science
    1 day 10 hours ago

    Faculty members get unannounced visits from book reps on a periodic basis. They offer free books, and sometimes bagels. Then, they have two outrageous requests:

    First, “Would you like to tell your students to pay tens of thousands of dollars to my company, so that they can have the book I just gave to you for free?”

    Second, “Are you interested in writing a textbook?”

    Textbooks don’t emerge from the ether. They are typically written by people like you and me. Some are written by big names in the field, and other highly-regarded textbooks come from people who are not recognized as influential researchers.

    A textbook doesn’t make you famous, but a textbook that is widely adopted might have a huge influence over the long arc of time. What I’m curious about is:

    What is the nature of a textbook’s influence? Does a textbook merely reflect central concepts that comprise a field, or do textbooks play a major...

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  • via will.pearse from Phylo-Eco-Geo-Evo Journal Club
    1 day 14 hours ago
  • via EcoEvo@TCD from EcoEvo@TCD
    1 day 14 hours ago


    Badgers are a very common mammal in Ireland, but few of us have actually seen one of these iconic creatures in the wild. That’s because they are nocturnal, mostly coming out of their setts only at night to forage, patrol their territories and meet the opposite sex.


    They have found themselves at the centre of unwanted attention in the UK over the past few years as a result of controversial culls, which have been designed to reduce the threat of their spreading...

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  • via (David Steen) from Living Alongside Wildlife
    2 days 4 hours ago
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