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March 26, 2015

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10:00 PM | Unintended Consequences: When Environmental “Goods” Turn Bad
After a hectic start to 2015, I finally managed to slow down the pace. A few days ago, I attempted to catch up on some overdue readings—my way to keep in the loop. Among the many documents piling up on my computer desktop was this short podcast from TNOC: “Closing the Sustainability and Equity Gap: … Continue reading Unintended Consequences: When Environmental “Goods” Turn Bad →
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8:45 PM | Photo of the Week – March 26, 2015
Despite snide comments from certain friends, I do – now and then – take photos of subjects other than insects and plants… As I write this, the annual sandhill crane migration phenomenon is taking place on Nebraska’s Platte River.  The … Continue reading →
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6:30 PM | Forbes Billionaires Top US Welfare Ranchers List
Effective lobbying to control Congress requires lots of money. So it's no surprise that much of the subsidized rangeland is owned by the ultra rich. Continue reading →
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6:06 PM | F-statistics Manhattan Plots in R
Characterizing differentiation across individual genomes sampled from different populations can be very informative of the demographic processes that resulted in the differentiation in the first place. Manhattan plots have grown to be very popular representations of genome-wide differentiation statistics in … Continue reading →
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3:32 PM | One in ten European wild bee species face extinction
There were a few bees last month when the apricot bloomed, fewer when the willows bloomed, and now nothing in the plumbs. Continue reading →
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2:18 PM | Trial of former coal CEO on horizon, five year mark of disaster approaching
The trial of former coal company CEO Don Blankenship---the man largely responsible for the Upper Big Branch disaster---is scheduled to begin on April 20. I'm ready to let the Charleston Gazette's Ken Ward Jr. provide the best play-by-play.
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11:55 AM | Ephemeral art
It’s a difficult time of year for many people: Instructors are looking at how many lectures are left before final exams, and starting to panic about how much material hasn’t yet been covered! We are planning field seasons, applying for research permits, juggling meetings, and starting to think about how the summer’s work-life balance will […]
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10:28 AM | Heads up: You will need a visa to travel to #Evol2015 in Brazil!
Just as a heads up: if you are planning on traveling to the Evolution 2015 meeting in Brazil, you need a visa, and it takes a month to get one. More info is here. And, via twitter, Emilio Bruna recommends … Continue reading →
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9:38 AM | Plantwise Bangladesh in a new era of partnership: National Extension Officers trained as Plant Doctors
The Plantwise programme in Bangladesh was launched with the training for module 1 (Field Diagnosis and Plant Clinic Operation) and module 2 (Introduction to Plant Healthcare) for 32 extension officers in Dhaka early this March. The training followed the signing of a tripartite agreement between the Economic relation division, Ministry of Agriculture and CABI on […]

March 25, 2015

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11:09 PM | Annual Changes in Hummingbird Migration Revealed by Citizen Naturalists
GR: Calliopes pass through my region, but they are rare here. What's interesting is that checklists by citizen naturalists have made an analysis possible that could never have been done by ornithologists alone. Continue reading →
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9:04 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Reporters investigate the state of safety at oil refineries following the 2005 Texas City explosion; fast food workers file OSHA complaints; farm workers go on strike in Baja California; and San Francisco officials vote in support of fair working conditions for shuttle bus workers.
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7:36 PM | Lactella: A Make-Believe Story of True Evil
The spider found it difficult to control Susan, but after numerous partial failures that required more venom injections, the spider learned to direct the little girl's movements. She resumed the nocturnal routine she had developed with the rats. Continue reading →
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5:56 PM | American Eels and Their Ladders
Find out how these slippery snake like fish get a little help migrating upstream
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4:06 PM | Killer genetic differentiation
Like most of you out there, I sometimes get bogged down in literature, and the pressure to keep up with new methods can lead to a towering “to-read” folder. I feel forced to read many of these papers no matter … Continue reading →
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3:46 PM | ‘If you build it they will come’ fails for turtle crossings
Wild ThingsAnimals,Conservation by Sarah Zielinski 2:00pm, March 25, 2015 Traffic stopped for this snapping turtle crossing a road, but most reptiles aren’t so lucky. And a new study finds that the animals don’t use safe routes built by kindly humans when fences lining the roads are flawed.Kerry Wixted/Flickr (CC-BY 2.0)It’s really too bad that turtles can’t read.If […]
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2:10 PM | ESA Announces 2015 Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients
Graduate students from University of Illinois at Chicag […]
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2:08 PM | And so, farewell
Contributed by Roger Day, CABI With a delicate tap of her wooden gavel, chairperson Ms Kyu-Ock Yim signalled adoption of the report of the 10th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM10) late on Friday afternoon. Delegates applauded; with satisfaction, with relief, in appreciation of the chair? Perhaps a bit of everything. Ms Yim […]
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1:18 PM | Les dix principales familles d’animaux
C'est une journée de photo de famille, alors invitez votre mère, père, sœurs, tantes, oncles et cousins.
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12:36 PM | Birdbooker Report 365
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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12:00 PM | The science education crisis needs a focus on K-6 classrooms
By my counting, we have three kinds of science education crises in the USA. A ridiculously low degree of scientific literacy across all socioeconomic segments. People are readily duped by irrational arguments about food safety, infectious disease prevention, the changing climate and the origin of species. (Is this a new problem? That’s debatable. Is it…
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11:04 AM | Ecologists think general ecology journals only want “realistic” theory. And they think that’s bad.
Last week I polled readers on whether they shared my impression that general ecology journals only want to publish “realistic” theory, meaning theories tightly linked to data. I also asked readers if they thought general ecology journals should only publish … Continue reading →
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10:03 AM | Update: Plant Health News (25 Mar 15)
Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including early reports on the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the first carbon neutral banana farm recognised in Costa Rica and training for Citrus farmers in Ghana on the use of technology to increase yields. Click on the link to read more […]

March 24, 2015

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9:56 PM | Not an “accident”: James Harrison, 35, suffers fatal work-related injury in Jal, NM
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on March 11, 2015 in Jal, NM
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6:00 PM | Stationary Stability in Finite Populations
guest post by Marc Harper A while back, in the article Relative entropy minimization in evolutionary dynamics, we looked at extensions of the information geometry / evolutionary game theory story to more general time-scales, incentives, and geometries. Today we’ll see how to make this all work in finite populations! Let’s recall the basic idea from […]
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4:54 PM | From the Ashes
Last Friday, I wandered through the small prairie we burned back on March 10.  Even though it is still very early spring, there were already a number of prairie plants popping out of the ground.  I posted photos of this site … Continue reading →
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4:10 PM | What’s going on in the North Atlantic?
The North Atlantic between Newfoundland and Ireland is practically the only region of the world that has defied global warming and even cooled. Last winter there even was the coldest on record – while globally it was the hottest on … Continue reading →
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1:28 PM | Panamanian golden frog skin microbiota predict ability to clear deadly infection
The fungal skin infection, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), has pushed many amphibian species to the brink of extinction. One such species, the Panamanian golden frog, is likely extinct in the wild and has been maintained in captive breeding colonies since 2006. … Continue reading →
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1:03 PM | Corr Syl the Terrible YA SciFi Novella Coming May 2, 2015
This young-adult science-fiction story follows the warrior Corr Syl as he searches for kidnapped Rhya Bright. It adds a chapter to the young warrior's life, and creates a grand new challenge for Earth's Tsaeb warriors. Continue reading →
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10:51 AM | Communicating about lab finances
As I talked about in yesterday’s post, I’ve been thinking a lot about lab finances lately. For the most part, I’ve done this on my own, staring into what sometimes feels like an abyss of spreadsheets in my office. A … Continue reading →

March 23, 2015

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11:09 PM | A Week in the Life of U131
When you’re collecting data on the behaviour of individual animals over time, as I am this summer, your observations sometimes feel less like a collection of numbers and more like a collection of personal narratives. Of course, the data are both … Continue reading →
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