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August 09, 2014

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11:37 AM | Semi-hiatus for the ESA meeting
Just FYI: Dynamic Ecology will be on semi-hiatus during the ESA meeting. We’re not planning any meeting preview posts this year. And we’re not planning to post during the meeting either, though I suppose we might change our minds if … Continue reading →
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9:02 AM | A forest year | video | @GrrlScientist
A lovely and evocative timelapse video made with an obsolete digital point-and-shoot camera sitting in the window of a remote cabin in the woods.Once again, caturday has arrived, so I thought Id take this opportunity to share a lovely time lapse video I stumbled across a few months ago. This video shares one persons view of the seasons outside the window of his little cabin in the woods. Because Ive watched this video a dozen or so times since my initial discovery, I decided you might also […]

August 08, 2014

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11:17 PM | The Burning Question – Africa Geographic Magazine
AMERICA’S ONGOING DEBATE OVER THE TRADE IN IVORY Eery tusk costs a life. That was the ominous theme of a 30-second clip shown on a public-funded billboard in Manhattan’s Times Square. It was direct, bold and all too brief. For … Continue reading →
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11:00 PM | For a wider range, pick a perfect partner
Clearing out the poison ivy from my backyard last weekend, I alternated between swatting mosquitos swarming around my temptingly bare calves and worrying that the subsequent transfer of ivy juices would lead to unfortunate consequences in the not-so-distant future. Times like these I wish that mosquitos would just make like a giant panda. For that matter, why do some species live almost
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10:39 PM | YOU can save these rhinos – Africa Geographic Blog
Rhinos Without Borders is on a mission to move rhinos to safe havens in Botswana in order to save them from the poaching crisis and they need your help! “Three down, seven to go. 100 rhinos will be relocated to … Continue reading →
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8:21 PM | Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (August 8th, 2014)
Have you "liked" Living Alongside Wildlife on Facebook yet? Please do so now and invite your friends. Great Read: Caviar's Last Stand: how the international caviar underground ended up in the Ozarks. There's no shortage of bad news about wildlife, but meanwhile have you noticed how much wildlife there is on the East Coast? On that note, the U.S. is busy removing dams, to the benefit
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4:32 PM | New data: Lack of acclimatization procedures most often associated with worker heat deaths
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data on heat deaths among U.S. workers, underscoring the often-tragic consequences that result when employers fail to take relatively simple and low-cost preventive actions.
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2:39 PM | China Will Install More Solar This Year Than The U.S. Ever Has
China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity in the first six months of the year. “According to new numbers released by the Chinese government, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity in the first six months of the year ending … Continue reading →
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2:35 PM | Drilling Company Owner Gets 28 Months In Prison For Dumping Fracking Waste Into River
‘ Drilling Company Owner Gets 28 Months In Prison For Dumping Fracking Waste Into River ‘ The owner of a small Ohio oil and gas drilling company who ordered his employees to dump tens of thousands of gallons of fracking … Continue reading →
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2:18 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Claire Gordy
Dr. Claire Gordy (left) has always been a writer — in middle school she had a column in her local Oklahoma newspaper. Now she continues to write with support of her fellow SPIRE postdoctoral scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read on to learn how Claire Gordy got picked up in an interesting vehicle to get to dance class, the importance of taking time to write as a scientist, and hippopotamuses. Lea: Let’s jog your memory about middle school: Where were […]
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1:00 PM | What we’re reading: Estimating linkage in resequencing data, genomics of host-parasite coevolution, and scientific work-life balance
In the journals Maruki, T., and M. Lynch. 2014. Genome-wide estimation of linkage disequilibrium from population-level high-throughput sequencing data. Genetics 197:1303–1313. doi: 10.1534/genetics.114.165514. … we developed a maximum-likelihood estimator of linkage disequilibrium for use with error-prone sampling data. Computer simulations … Continue reading →
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12:45 PM | Photo of the Week – August 8, 2014
I usually shoot more than one composition of a scene or creature.  It’s fun to experiment, and hard to know what I’ll like best when I am reviewing images on my computer later.  Of course, having multiple choices is both … Continue reading →
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11:58 AM | Friday links: highly significant increase in marginal significance, hidden female authors, the evolution of Groot, and more
Also this week: smartphone microscopes, ranking universities way back when, grade inflation and what to do about it, trading sex for co-authorship, why it feels like you work 80 hours per week even though you don’t, how to write fast, … Continue reading →
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11:30 AM | Flump – Whale shark populations, porpoise protection, art & science and fancy data analyses
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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11:28 AM | Drooling over plants (literally!)
It is really nice to be able to write about our latest paper, which just came out in Biology Letters to a fair bit of fanfare.  It got picked up by Science, New Scientist – including in their 23 July print issue – and even the Royal Society had a piece about it.  BBC Radio […]
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6:48 AM | Marilyn Ortt: A Mentor and a Friend
This is a different type of post than I normally write, and one that is vastly more personal. I've been trying to write it for months, but it's been difficult. Please forgive me if I ramble a bit; I feel like I need to write it all. There's a lot of talk out there about the importance of having a mentor, for any facet of life really. I most often hear about mentoring in the context of academics, especially in grad school, which is certainly important. During the past few months, however, I've […]
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3:16 AM | Phones for Fieldwork II–Collating Data By Text Message
With the field season winding down, I finally have some time to write the blogposts I’ve been composing in my head for the last two months. To begin, here’s a quick follow-up to my previous post on the utility of … Continue reading →
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2:29 AM | Ocean News: Mercury Levels Rising in Surface Waters, Penguin Species Threatened by Habitat Degradation, and More
“According to a new study, mercury levels in many of the world oceans’ surface waters have tripled due to human activity. Because mercury drains into the ocean from mines, coal-fired plants, and sewage, mercury levels are higher in surface waters … Continue reading →
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2:01 AM | Wisconsin’s Sad Wildlife Saga Continues
Wisconsin without respect for wildlife. Continue reading →
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1:32 AM | What REALLY Happens Under the Big Top: Why Circuses Should Be Banned Immediately
Training animals to perform acts that are sometimes painful or that they do not understand requires whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods and other tools. Continue reading →

August 07, 2014

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8:00 PM | ESA Policy News August 7: Science groups oppose travel bill, White House outlines climate change costs
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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5:36 PM | The beauty of brain science
Photo by Jason Snyder There has recently been a few articles on a “theory of the brain”. Gary Marcus started us off with an editorial in the NYT concerning the Blue Brain Project: Biologists — neuroscientists included — can’t hope for that kind of theory. Biology isn’t elegant the way physics appears to be. The living […]
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5:10 PM | Not an “accident”: Stanley Thomas Wright, 47, suffers work-related aspyxiation at railyard in North Las Vegas
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality. This one occurred on August 2 at a railyard in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
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3:59 PM | The Beatles and Kelp
For a blog post somewhere else, I’m trying to re-work the Beatle’s classic Kelp!, er, I mean, Help!. But my first draft got all urchin-y. I love it, though, so I thought I’d post it here. KELP! (from the perspective … Continue reading →
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3:53 PM | Fracking’s Unlikely Opponents: German Breweries
Brewers say that contaminated groundwater would ruin a centuries-old tradition and industry. Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | A vacationing scientist.
Last month we traveled as a family to Corsica for a real honest to goodness vacation. We spent days on the beach and exploring medieval towns. It was mostly sunny and warm and relaxing. But…I did bring my computer. I had minor heart palpitations when I realised that the cottage we were staying in did…
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12:30 PM | Mushroom Musings
With last weekend’s rains, mushrooms have sprouted up all over Raleigh yards, neighborhoods and parks. The above is a composite sketch of all the beautiful mushrooms I observed while on a hike at our local state park. Did you know that mushrooms aren’t the actual “body” of the fungus? They’re the fungus’ reproductive structure. The real “body” — called the mycelium — grows through the soil or logs in bazillions of microscopic […]
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12:16 PM | Octomom and six other extreme animal parents
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 8:20am, August 7, 2014 Before an adorable baby emperor penguin is born, it spends nine weeks tucked away in an egg balanced on dad’s feet.Christopher Michel/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)Last week came news of a deep-sea octopus (Graneledone boreopacifica), nicknamed “Octomom,” that had been spotted brooding her eggs for a record-breaking 53 months. […]
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12:16 PM | Why Can't Monkeys Own Copyrights?
"Macaca nigra self-portrait". Picture credit: Self-portrait by the depicted Macaca nigra female. Licensed under public domain via Wikimedia Commons.In the first case of its kind, the ownership of copyright by a non-human is being contested. The picture above is of a series of 'selfies' taken by a female Macaca nigra, and is currently listed by Wikipedia as being in the public domain:"This file is in the public domain, because as the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author […]
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11:47 AM | Self-promotion in science: poll results and commentary
At this point we’ve probably gotten about as many responses as we’re going to get to our poll on self-promotion in science. Thanks to everyone who took the poll! Here are the results, with some commentary. First, as a commenter … Continue reading →
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