How can modelling unicorns help model the distributions of real species? Apparently quite a lot. This post on the Ecography blog explains the history of modelling unicorns (realistic virtual species) and a new paper in Ecography introduces the virtualspecies R package which will allow users to simulate distributions of adequate virtual species.
Brian McGill’s slides from his ESA 2015 talk Ecoinformatics: the next 100 years provide a nice explanation of the rise of ecoinformatics and the why and what of multidimensional and spatial databases.
There’s a nice...Read the full article.
I’ve uploaded 20+ R tutorials to YouTube for a new undergraduate course in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU developed by Andrew Martin and Brett Melbourne, which in jocular anticipation was named IQUIT: an introduction to quantitative inference and thinking.
We made the videos to address the most common R programming problems that arose for students in the first iteration of the course. These short tutorials may be of use elsewhere:
Also this week: Canadian research funding can’t go home again, what should I put in my NSF annual report?, Axios Review explained, impressions of #ESA100, new data on the prevalence of p-hacking, and more.
This post from the NSF DEBrief blog has useful information on what should go into an annual and final report. This will definitely help me figure out what they are looking for in those reports.
scitrigrrl had a post at Tenure, She Wrote on how academia helped her with triathlons. Reason #1: “Mental toughness matters as much as anything else [in academia and sports]” Indeed!
Here’s an old post from Terry McGlynn that people on the job market this year might be interested in, where he asks:...Read the full article.
It’s Friday, and nearly the end of the month. Think back over the last week, the last few weeks. Have you been a science grouch? I know I have. Perhaps you’ve complained about the lack of job opportunities in science? Your paper got bad reviews? Your sequencing failed? Or something else…? If I look back, honestly, I am confident that I must have had conversations almost every day this month, in real life or on Twitter, that have involved some sort of science grouchiness.
But hang on… if science is so terrible, why do we do it? Very few of the scientists I know are in this to make their fortunes, or for the long-term job security… So what motivates us to keep going? I can’t speak for everyone, but I know why I followed this career path. I love the thrill of discovery, the challenges and creativity of problem-solving, the camaraderie with my sciencey friends, and the fact that I get paid to study the wildlife that I love. And sometimes, when...Read the full article.
Tim is an Associate Editor who works on Applications submissions for Methods in Ecology and Evolution. His research interests include spatial and temporal dynamics of species interactions at the community level, the relevance of variability in community structure on emerging ecosystem properties, and the evolutionary dynamics of multi-species assemblages.
I am back from the centennial meeting of the Ecological Society of America. I met a lot of great people, saw a lot of great talks, and had lovely...Read the full article.
From Benchtop to Desktop: Important Considerations when Designing Amplicon Sequencing Workflows
Amplicon sequencing (PCR and sequencing of specific target genes) using high throughput sequencing platforms has become an important tool for biodiversity assessments, dietary studies etc. Quite a bit of attention has been paid to the pros and cons of the different sequencing platforms used and the bioinformatic...
Headed to the 14th Deep Sea Biology Symposium in Aveiro, Portugal next week? Yes? You lucky scoundrel!
Look out for Qaecologist Skip Woolley’s talk “Energy export drives unique global patterns of deep-sea biodiversity”:
Monday the 31st of August at 16:30
Not in Portugal this August? Keep an eye on Skip’s twitter account instead for Qaeco-flavoured #14DSBS tweets instead!
Herbaria are more relevant than ever.
Led by Aaron Dodd, Qaecologists and friends used 3 million specimen in the ‘virtual’ herbarium at the Atlas of Living Australia to study a 4 billion dollar national problem: invasive plants. You won’t believe what they found! [Actually, yes, you will, because the results are supported by good science, and we’ll tell you them now—ed]
Invasive plants are entering Australia ever faster, and through more new pathways—not so surprising in this ever more connected world.Read the full article.