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  • via downwithtime from downwithtime
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    1 hour 19 min ago

    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...

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  • via Denise O'Meara from Denise O’Meara
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    10 hours 50 min ago
    I’ve lived near the coast all my life, but it took me until recently to start eating seaweed. I was aware that seaweed was edible but I was never quite sure which species to eat or even what areas on the beach were best for foraging. So when the opportunity arose to attend a one day “Seaweed Foraging” course at the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford, I booked myself in. Marie Power who has published “The Sea Garden, a guide to Seaweed Cookery and Foraging”, led the course at the Data Centre. The morning got off to a good start, as Marie
  • via (David Steen) from Living Alongside Wildlife
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    13 hours 43 min ago
    While filleting a bass I found a dead snake inside, when the fish was caught it was a healthy fighting fish. My question is: Is it safe to eat the fish? Thanks, Ron     You better believe that this e-mail caught my attention. It reminded me of this letter about whether it was safe to eat a fish that had been bitten by a Cottonmouth. In that case, I probably would not eat the fish. But, I did
  • via Meghan Duffy from Dynamic Ecology
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    19 hours 46 min ago

    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:

    1. each grant I have, where I can indicate if they worked on that grant
    2. whether they were part of an official university research program (UROP here at Michigan, PURA at Georgia Tech, possibly some other combination of letters at your institution)
    3. whether they did an honors thesis (ideally, you would have the title in here, too)
    4. whether they are a member of an underrepresented group
    5. whether they are a coauthor on an article in prep or in review
    6. whether they are a coauthor on a published article, and
    7. what they are currently...
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  • via activeoceans from Active Oceans
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    23 hours 59 min ago
     Paige Gill.

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    Photographer: Paige Gill.

    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...

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  • via kiwi_chemist from ecoLincNZ
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    1 day 2 hours ago

    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?

    To find out, researchers James Green (University of Otago), Wendy Parr, Jason Breitmeyer,...

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  • via Policy from BES Ecology and Policy Blog
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    1 day 13 hours ago
      “Our seas are undergoing ecological meltdown. Fishing is undermining itself by purging the oceans of the species on which it depends. But its influence is far more menacing that simply the regrettable self-destruction of an industry. The wholesale removal … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • via Denise O'Meara from Denise O’Meara
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    1 day 14 hours ago
    The Saltee Islands are situated about 5 km from Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford. The two islands are called Great and Little Saltee, and are privately owned. The Great Saltee is a famous sea bird sanctuary and is an important breeding ground for gannets, puffins, shags, guillemots, razorbills and gulls. When I visited Great Saltee in early June, I was fortunate to see thousands of seabirds congregating in groups across the island. The island is open to the public, and ferries can be arranged at Kilmore Quay. For more information, check out the Saltee Islands website.             Read the full article.
  • via Chris Grieves from (Methods in Ecology and Evolution)
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    1 day 16 hours ago
    Below is a press release about the Methods paper ‘High-throughput monitoring of wild bee diversity and abundance via mitogenomics‘ taken from the University of East Anglia: It may sound counter-intuitive, but crushing up bees into a ‘DNA soup’ could help … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • via Joe Chipperfield from Statistical Biogeography
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    1 day 16 hours ago

    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...

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