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April 14, 2014

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12:00 PM | The first days of a new tenure-track faculty job
This is the season when some lucky ones preparing for new jobs in the fall. A few people have asked me what to expect, so I imagine even more are wondering. I’m writing from my own experience (starting 2.5 new faculty jobs), and yours have been different, so please do comment. What can you expect from […]
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11:30 AM | Trouble in Haven: Resolving conflicts in academia
Sharing a laboratory with others is typically rewarding – peers in close quarters become a sounding post for new ideas and a support network for the highs and lows of research life. But you don’t choose your desk mates and things can go wrong. Regular Naturejobs contributor Shimi Rii recently experienced how small disagreements can escalate quickly. Finding the right way to deal with conflict is not easy but necessary in order to ensure a harmonious work environment.  Read more
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11:30 AM | Trouble in Haven: Resolving conflicts in academia
Sharing a laboratory with others is typically rewarding – peers in close quarters become a sounding post for new ideas and a support network for the highs and lows of research life. But you don’t choose your desk mates and things can go wrong. Regular Naturejobs contributor Shimi Rii recently experienced how small disagreements can escalate quickly. Finding the right way to deal with conflict is not easy but necessary in order to ensure a harmonious work environment.  Read more
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8:41 AM | Evidence for the existence of three primary strategies in plants and its relevance to ecological and evolutionary theory
JP Grime. The American Naturalist 111(982): 1169-1194. Evidence for the existence of three primary strategies in plants and its relevance to ecological and evolutionary theory I’m a zoologist who somehow keeps looking at plants, and this paper is probably the best demonstration of how plant and animal ecologists really do seem to think differently (in my mind, […]

April 13, 2014

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10:02 PM | NASA GISS Shows March 2014 Was Third Hottest on Record as Arctic Heatwave Spurs Siberian Fire Season to Early Start
  (NASA GISS Global Land-Ocean Temperature Anomaly vs the, already hotter than normal, 1951 to 1980 mean. Image source: NASA.) According to NASA’s Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index, overall … See on robertscribbler.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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3:42 PM | IPCC report calls for climate mitigation action now, not later
The world is heading towards possibly dangerous levels of global warming despite increasing efforts to promote the transition to a low-carbon economy, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns in its latest report today.  Read more
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3:42 PM | IPCC report calls for climate mitigation action now, not later
The world is heading towards possibly dangerous levels of global warming despite increasing efforts to promote the transition to a low-carbon economy, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns in its latest report today.  Read more
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12:04 PM | Say what?
I’ll try to cut to the chase on this one, though there’s a lot to say actually. I’ve had some collaboration and discussions with a Chinese (mainland) ecologist over the last few years, ever since he did a sabbatical here. … Continue reading →
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11:14 AM | Skellam, 1952
Been reading the old distance-based density estimation literature recently. I love how they under-stated things back in the day, including article titles. For example, a 1952 paper by J.G. Skellam goes into great mathematical detail on the theory of spatial … Continue reading →
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2:23 AM | US Forest Harvest by Omani Company
I suggest that improving our forests just so they can be cut down is no longer a proper management strategy. Continue reading →
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1:55 AM | Participate In World Week for Animals in Labs — Plan an Event.
Please register your event for World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL) today. IDA sponsors this annual event to ensure that the suffering of animals in laboratories is not forgotten and to encourage the use of non-animal based testing models. … Continue reading →
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1:39 AM | March For Elephants | Saving The Elephant From Extinction
March for Elephants is passionate about changing the story on behalf of elephants. Elephants in the wild are slated for extinction in 10 years. Join the cause. Garry Rogers:   OK, so elephants will not be extinct in 10 years, but … Continue reading →
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1:25 AM | Burlington Coat Factory: Go fur-free to help animals
Every year millions of animals are killed for the fur industry. One of the companies to profit from this misery is Burlington Coat Factory, a company… See on www.change.orgFiled under: Nature Conservation

April 12, 2014

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4:58 PM | Why do zebras have stripes?
  The function of zebra stripes by Tim Caro et al. just published in Nature Communications is a neat paper that I came across this afternoon and felt like sharing.  It does a good job demonstrating the power and simplicity of … Continue reading →
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3:51 PM | Tiger Sorubim (Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum)
O, Facebook. That tar-pit of humanity. Drawing in every speck of dirt and whimsy blowing by, sucking us in and draining our mortal life. A dark, mirror pond of selfies, foodstuff, engagement […]
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8:45 AM | True facts about the owl | video | @GrrlScientist
Just in time for caturday! A lovely and humourous video about owls and of course, a story about one of my favourite owl species.Yep, it's caturday once again so you know what that means: it's time for an animal video! Continue reading...

April 11, 2014

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8:22 PM | Researchers find the diseases with the greatest global burden aren’t the most researched
Unfortunately, it’s not too terribly surprising that diseases of the developing world don’t attract as much research attention as diseases common in wealthier countries. However, a new study not only underscores that trend, it actually found zero relationship between global disease burden and health research.
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5:13 PM | Whitespace popout
Apologies for all these images that I’m posting, I promise I’m not turning this into my tumblr. I’m just a tad bit busy finishing my thesis with little time to write cogently about science. So enjoy this example of your visual system screwing with you.
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3:46 PM | Shorter list for gamma-ray telescope sites, but no home yet
Where will host the world’s next generation ground-based γ-ray detector, the Cherenkov Telescope Array? The answer is, still no one knows. But a panel of funders have narrowed the field following a meeting in Munich, Germany, this week.  Read more
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3:46 PM | Shorter list for gamma-ray telescope sites, but no home yet
Where will host the world’s next generation ground-based γ-ray detector, the Cherenkov Telescope Array? The answer is, still no one knows. But a panel of funders have narrowed the field following a meeting in Munich, Germany, this week.  Read more
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3:26 PM | Lionfish grow wary after culling
Wild ThingsAnimals,Conservation by Sarah Zielinski 11:30am, April 11, 2014 Invasive lionfish have become a problem in the Caribbean and along the U.S. East Coast. But efforts to control the fish may be making them more difficult to find, and kill, in the future.Tim Sheerman-Chase/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)The beauty of the lionfish, with its striking stripes and decorative fins, has made the members […]
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3:22 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Julia Stevens
Julia Stevens has traveled to more countries than she has states in the US. Before she was a globe-trotting scientist, Julia was a middle school student in St. Louis, MO, and Dallas, TX, where she played on both the volleyball and basketball teams. Middle school was the time when Julia learned to be fiercely independent and to try to not care what everyone else thought of her. Learn about her life before she was a scientist… Lea: Do any memorable classroom moments stand out from middle […]
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1:44 PM | New Books Party: books received this week | @GrrlScientist
What good is a weekend without a good book to read? Take a look at these books -- hot off the presses -- that you may enjoy!Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently. They are gifts, review copies that arrived in the mail, or that I purchased in London. These are the books that I may review in more depth later, either here or in print somewhere in the world. Perhaps the most starting finding is that those boobies bullied as chicks are more likely to go on to torment […]
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1:42 PM | Plantwise joins IPPC in Rome to discuss building linkages for NPPOs
    Delegates from over twenty-six countries attended last Thursday’s side event jointly-hosted by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat and the CABI-led Plantwise programme which served the goals common to both organizations: empowering countries to protect crops, thereby increasing food security. The event on the evening of April 2ndat Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of […]
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1:19 PM | World Wildlife Fund’s Dr Brendan Fraser on improving fish diversity and conservation agriculture in Mozambique
Dr. Brendan Fisher is a research scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. His research and fieldwork lie at the nexus of conservation, development, and natural resource economics. Brendan is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as poverty, human welfare, ecosystem services and biological conservation, and the co-author of two books, Valuing Ecosystem Services (Earthscan, London, 2008) and A Field Guide to Economics for Conservationists (Forthcoming, Roberts and […]
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1:19 PM | World Wildlife Fund’s Dr Brendan Fraser on improving fish diversity and conservation agriculture in Mozambique
Dr. Brendan Fisher is a research scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. His research and fieldwork lie at the nexus of conservation, development, and natural resource economics. Brendan is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as poverty, human welfare, ecosystem services and biological conservation, and the co-author of two books, Valuing Ecosystem Services (Earthscan, London, 2008) and A Field Guide to Economics for Conservationists (Forthcoming, Roberts and […]
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1:00 PM | What we’re reading: Polygenic mutation-selection balance, demographics of invading mice, and the U.S. consensus on climate change
In the journals de Vladar HP, N Barton. 2014. Stability and response of polygenic traits to stabilizing selection and mutation. Genetics. doi: 10.1534/genetics.113.159111. The interplay between stabilizing selection and mutation leads to a sharp transition: alleles with effects smaller than … Continue reading →
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12:23 PM | Away from home: Collaboration in a global organisation
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:23 PM | Away from home: Collaboration in a global organisation
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:00 PM | Friday recommended reads #24
“Should I be a bio major?” “What do I get out of a biology degree?” I just printed out this response to hand out when I get asked this question. Heads up: Do not trust Microsoft Excel, whatsoever, with dates. It doesn’t know how to handle them. EO Wilson writes a blog post, about spiders. […]
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