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September 22, 2014

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5:48 PM | Shift work: Marketing medication for symptoms instead of addressing the hazard
That people who work nights have their sleep cycles thrown out of balance has serious consequences but urging a potentially habit-forming, psychoactive drug on an economically stressed, overworked workforce, would seem to be a symptom, at the minimum, of a pharmaceutical industry gone awry. Shouldn’t we instead be figuring out how to reduce the occupational health risks of work schedules?
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5:25 PM | “Hey! Ho! Fossil Fuels Have Got to Go!” — World Sees Largest Climate March in History Amidst Mounting Dangers
According to the National Climate Data Center, the summer of 2014 was the hottest in the global record. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | 12 tips for talking to science faculty about new teaching strategies
Attention education researchers: Here are some tips about interacting with science faculty. I’ve noticed that this genre uses a lot of lists. So, here’s a list: Lose the acronyms. Lose the jargon. You can use Bloom’s Taxonomy without actually calling it that. You can ask us to use formative assessments without calling them that. We’re not going to…
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11:55 AM | Beyond species: why ecological interaction networks vary through space and time
Poisot, Stouffer, & Gravel. bioRxiv DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/001677. Beyond species: why ecological interaction networks vary through space and time Welcome back to PEGE! We’ve taken a break over the summer, but we are hopefully back fully revived for the new season. We decided to pre-pick a bunch of papers so that we are not scrabbling for […]
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11:52 AM | Theory vs. models in ecology
Katie Koelle delivered the opening talk in the Ignite session on “theory vs. empiricism” at the ESA meeting.* I thought she raised several interesting issues that weren’t really touched on in the rest of the session. I was struck by … Continue reading →
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1:42 AM | Creature Feature VIII: Jirds
To take your mind away from all the acerbic debate on my blog recently, here’s my recent piece for the Creature Feature column, about the wonderful Indian Desert Jird. Compared to most people, I’m something of a mammal-skeptic, but it didn’t … Continue reading →

September 21, 2014

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11:53 PM | VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE ~ WWF’s International President and USAID: End your Partnership with the USA Pro-Hunting Lobby G
Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Yolanda_Kakabadse_is_WWFs_International_President_and_USAID_WWF_End_your_partnership_with_the_USA_ProHunting_Lobby_Group/ ? The World Wildlife Fund in Africa, is in bed with the USA Pro-Hunting Lobby Groups: DSC, SCI and NRA. They have vested interests because they are controlling funding…
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11:05 PM | Night Life! Friday 26th Sept
This Friday, members of EcoEvo@TCD, as well as others from the Botany and Zoology departments and Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research will present Night Life! in the Zoology building at Trinity College Dublin. The event is FREE to attend and we will be open from 6pm-10pm with the last entry at 9.30pm. Night Life! is an opportunity to meet researchers and to find out the kinds of things we do. Prof. Yvonne Buckley will give you a taste of our research highlights, Kevin Healy will wow you […]
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4:25 PM | SeaWorld is spooky
Originally posted on Freedom For Cetaceans:“Seaworld logo” by http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/park-info/~/media/F0B290707CE1407ABAEBD40276745CDE.pdf. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia. Not only does Seaworld. capture and keep dolphins in captivity. But they are also planning to ‘spook people to-death’ Like they shorten the life…
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2:34 PM | Ploys to make fur ‘respectable’ for the youth
Originally posted on FUR OUT THE CLOSET::   Barbie dolls wearing fur (picture from One Green Planet) Only 58 % of 18 to 24-year-olds in a poll believed it WRONG to use fur! I  found this dismal statistic when reading Lorraine Fisher’s article in…
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12:40 AM | Keeping Nature In Our Future: Healthy Ecosystems Essential For Economic and Planetary Survival
BBC News, June 23, 2014-▶ UN:  WORLD’S FORESTS FUNDAMENTAL TO HUMAN WELL-BEING – WORLD’S FOREST REPORT http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27963330 EcoInternet, August 04, 2014-▶ NEW SCIENCE SUGGESTS MORE LAND-BASED ECOSYSTEMS LOST THAN BIOSPHERE CAN BEAR http://www.ecointernet.org/2014/08/04/biosphere_collapse/   Mongabay, -▶ IT’S NOT JUST EXTINCTION:  MEET … Continue reading →
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12:37 AM | Awesome ! Biodiversity Visualized – Vancouver Film School
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his … Continue reading →

September 20, 2014

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4:41 PM | Viral Picture of the Week: Why You Shouldn't Swim in Rivers
    This picture has been popping up a lot lately, sometimes the location is Alabama, sometimes it's Tennessee (and probably some other places that I have missed), but the message is typically the same: Can you believe what's in the lake! I'm never going swimming again!     Here's the thing: this is a Northern Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon), a very common species on the East Coast of the United
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4:18 PM | Save Marine Wildlife from Deadly Nitrogen Runoff
Target: Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at the Marine Mammal Center Goal: Save marine wildlife from biotoxins caused by nitrogen runoff on California coasts On the coast of California, fisheries are closing and wildlife animals are at… Source: forcechange.com … Continue reading →
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4:12 PM | Talking to Kids About Rhinos
The killing of our rhinos is a tragedy that most adults have a hard time coming to grips with. So how do you explain the crisis to kids? The following books are true stories based on the lives of two … Continue reading →
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4:10 PM | Animal Rights Come Before Religion, Insists Minister As Halal & Kosher Slaughter Is Banned In Denmark
The Danish government has introduced a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of kosher and halal meat. The ban came into effect on Monday, and was defended by Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen’s announcemen… Source: … Continue reading →
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3:02 PM | Join the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos
Originally posted on spiritandanimal.wordpress.com:Join the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos Join In Defense of Animals (IDA) and activists from more than 116 cities on six continents for the biggest international event ever held to save Earth’s…
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12:49 PM | A Tale of Two Morphs
Back in the summer of 2010, I was working on what became a chapter of my Ph.D. in Austria, as part of the Young Scientists’ Summer Program (YSSP) at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.  You can read more about that amazing experience, and the research project that it led to, in my post on Evolutionary branching in complex landscapes.  While I was there, Andrew Hendry, my Ph.D. advisor, sent me an email saying “Hey, there’s a researcher in Zurich […]
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12:46 PM | Carnival of Evolution #75
Whoops!  The delay in the August Carnival of Evolution (#74) got me confused, so I forgot to post about the September Carnival, which came out right on the heels of the August one.  Well, maybe this gave you all some breathing room, anyway.So, the September Carnival, #75, has been out for a couple of weeks now.  Our contribution to it was my post about interactions between theoretical and empirical research in ecology and evolution.  I conducted a survey of scientists in […]

September 19, 2014

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9:00 PM | New study: Ubiquitous chemicals known as phthalates linked to childhood asthma risk
About one in every 10 U.S. children is living with asthma — that’s closing in on 7 million kids. And while we have a good handle on what triggers asthma attacks and exacerbates respiratory symptoms, exactly what causes asthma in the first place is still somewhat of a mystery. However, new research points to some possible new culprits that are difficult, if not nearly impossible, to avoid.
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5:04 PM | The problem with “otherizing” perpetrators of sexual assault in STEM
Any woman who shares her experiences of sexual assault is brave beyond words. Anyone who does so as publicly and eloquently as Hope Jahren in her recent Op-Ed for the New York Times is truly inspirational. Yes, Hope Jahren sure … Continue reading →
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3:40 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Jelena Vuckovic
On our next stop for the “Before They Were Scientists” world tour, I sat down with Jelena Vuckovic, who spends part of her year in Germany and the other part at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Read on to learn about her experiences as a middle school student in the former Yugoslavia where she played with Legos, almost became a French teacher, and was never told it was unique for a girl to love physics. Lea: Can you tell me what comes to […]
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1:00 PM | What we’re reading: Bayesian phylogenetics for whole genomes and coevolutionary interactions in epidemiology
In the journals Aberer A.J., K. Kobert, and A. Stamatakis. 2014. ExaBayes: Massively parallel Bayesian tree inference for the whole-genome era. Mol. Biol. Evol. 31(10): 2553-2556. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu236. Modern sequencing technology now allows biologists to collect the entirety of molecular … Continue reading →
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12:31 PM | FLUMP – ESA Baltimore, regime shifts, the sixth extinction and more
It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and . . .
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12:00 PM | Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (September 19th, 2014)
First of all, did you catch Jonathan Hakim's awesome four-part guest post series this week about python conservation in Bangladesh? You must. Start here. Rare mussels return to Alabama and Tennessee after long absence. Chinook Salmon spotted above Giles Canyon, Washington. First time seen in Upper Elwha River in over 100 years. A must read: what is wildlife really worth to
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11:39 AM | Meet the lab: Crystal Ernst
This is the first in a series of posts where each Arthropod Ecology lab member can introduce themselves. First up is PhD student Crystal Ernst: I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the final stages of my program: these days I’m crunching out analyses and writing papers as I prepare to submit my thesis at the end of […]
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11:00 AM | Friday links: sexual assault, NSF preproposals, is lecturing ethical, and more
Jeremy is traveling this week, so I’m in charge of the Friday link fest! From Jeremy: KELP :-) (ht imachordata.com) From Meg: Hope Jahren had a very powerful op-ed in the NYTimes about science’s sexual assault problem. It’s a must … Continue reading →
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8:44 AM | Royal Society 2014 Winton Prize for Science Books shortlist announced | @GrrlScientist
The Royal Society just announced the six books that were shortlisted for the 2014 Winton Prize for Science books.Ive got some excellent news that youve all been waiting for: After a summer spent lounging in beach chairs under umbrellas while intensively scrutinising this years 12 longlisted popular science books, the Royal Society just announced the six books that comprise the shortlist for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. If you look carefully at the 2014 longlist, you […]
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1:08 AM | Thinking about what we can do about sexual assault and harassment in the sciences
If you haven’t seen it yet, go over and read this courageous, important and stunningly written Op-Ed piece by Hope Jahren over at the New York Times.                   Her story reflects the unexpressed story of many others. It was written to make us feel, and to make us want…
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1:04 AM | World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise
Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline by Damian Carrington theguardian.com, Thursday 18 September 2014  Jump to comments (438) ? A crowded Oshodi market in Lagos,…
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