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  • via noreply@blogger.com (David Steen) from Living Alongside Wildlife
    16 hours 43 min ago
    Here are some recent snake identification requests I've received. Please see below for our snake ID post ground rules! Good morning,We found the snake shown on the attached picture in front of our house.Roberto L.Cooper City, Florida Good morning David, Here are some shots of 2 snakes, one dying, one very much alive. (no human intervention involved). I think I know what the live one
  • via Lauren Sandhu from Journal of Ecology blog
    17 hours 43 min ago
    In celebration of Open Access week 2014 each of the British Ecological Society’s journals, including Journal of Ecology, have each published a Virtual Issue of recently published OA papers. Click on the covers below to access each journal’s Virtual Issue. … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • via Terry McGlynn from Small Pond Science
    20 hours 36 min ago

    Here is a detailed report on my brief experience with the SACNAS meeting, aggregated as an unordered set of observations and thoughts.

    Just a short while ago, I was wondering whether my students are better served attending a disciplinary meeting, or a minority-focused conference. I was given the opportunity by SACNAS to see for myself. The comments on my earlier post were helpful, and described my question as a false dichotomy. As the commenters indicated, one meeting cannot substitute the other, as they are different creatures.

    I was only available to attend two-half days (on account of mountains of personal stuff, but this is not That Kind of blog). I was there...

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  • via Jeremy Fox from Dynamic Ecology
    20 hours 53 min ago

    Back in Sept. I was fortunate to be able to attend a philosophy of science “summit” at the University of Calgary, with talks by a bunch of the world’s top philosophers of science. I thought I’d share my notes from Eliot Sober’s talk, on the present and future of philosophy of biology. As I’m sure most of you know, Sober is a top philosopher of evolutionary biology, his book The Nature of Selection is a classic. I found his talk very interesting for several reasons. He talked about the state of philosophy of biology and its place within philosophy more broadly. I always have an anthropological interest in hearing about how people see the state of their own fields. He had a lot of advice about how to do philosophy of science, much of which encouraged philosophers...

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  • via thefreshwaterblog from The BioFresh blog
    23 hours 10 min ago
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    The Freshwater Metadata Journal on the iPad. Image: Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber

    The Freshwater Metadata Journal – the first journal set up to exclusively publish the metadata of freshwater related datasets – was launched online on October 8th by editor-in-chief Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber from BOKU in Vienna.

    Metadata describes how, why and when a dataset was collected; by who and for what purpose; alongside any intellectual property rights (see an earlier Freshwater Blog post on the topic here). Metadata provides a rich...

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  • via EcoEvo@TCD from EcoEvo@TCD
    1 day 28 min ago

    Smiling_boy_seating_at_a_table_writing,_China,_ca._1918-1938_(MFB-LS0248A)Inspired by the awesome blog, the Thesis Whisperer and under the constant reminder that we must publish or perish, post docs from the School of Natural Sciences have been meeting on a weekly basis, on and off for the past year to sit down, shut up and write. Here is a bit of background on the Shut Up and Write ‘movement’, a little bit of what we’ve learned along the way and a big invite to any post grads, post docs and PIs in...

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  • via dinoverm from Parasite Ecology
    1 day 36 min ago
    Continuing my theme of Odes to Awesome systems, I want to tell you guys about one of my favorite animals: guard crabs.  These crabs live on corals and deter starfish predators from attacking the corals by pinching the starfish.  The … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • from Sweet Tea, Science
    1 day 11 hours ago
    Last week, doing anything was a struggle.  Literally all I wanted to do was watch cartoons, eat burritos, and perform the bare minimum tasks I could get away with doing (Editor’s note: This is me. Always).  Admitting these sorts of things is what makes the idea of an anonymous blog very appealing on occasion.  It’s not because I have a super exciting secret life or anything (spoiler alert: I find my own life very exciting on the whole), but because I think a lot of the things I struggle with as a scientist in training are widely felt but often actively overlooked.  Graduate school is where you learn how to learn (because as a scientist, the learning never stops), hone key skills, and net a set of accomplishments that will make you stand out in the job market.  It’s a place where people who are fired up about things go to dive deep into problems, and it’s no surprise that so many great innovations are the result of doctoral dissertations.  And I’d say,... Read the full article.
  • via Rachel_White from INNGE Blog
    1 day 14 hours ago

    Hello all,

    I want to let you all know about a short (5 minute) survey that we would like all INNGE constituents (i.e. you!) to fill in.

    The aim of this survey is to determine:

    • How international INNGE currently is,
    • What current constituents are doing education/job wise, and what your research interests are,
    • Your motivations for 'joining' INNGE/what you like about INNGE,
    • What you would like to see INNGE provide for you in the future.

    The survey collects anonymous information (no person ID or contact is requested).

    The collected data will be used to inform the new INNGE governing board and working groups, and in turn ensure that INNGE is reaching and representing the needs of early-career ecologists worldwide.

    The survey contains 22 short questions, and it will take you approximately 5 minutes, should you decide to take it.

    Here is the link:...

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  • via Amy Parachnowitsch from Small Pond Science
    1 day 17 hours ago

    These two weeks are allowing me to contrast two very different kinds of meetings. As a member of the Linnean Centre of Plant Biology in Uppsala, I attended our yearly meeting last week*. The centre aims to bring together the plant biologists working in Uppsala and I was lucky that it started up in the year I began my position. Uppsala has two universities, Uppsala University (where I work) and SLU. Both have plant biologists working in multiple departments and of course on a wide range of questions. Physically, UU and SLU are not close. Although I usually enjoy the bike ride to SLU when I have a meeting, we don’t causally meet people working across at the different institutions. Joining the virtual Linnean centre and meeting people through it has given me an appreciation of the breadth of people working in Uppsala and allowed me to know my plant colleagues...

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