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April 22, 2015

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11:39 AM | Ecologists disagree on whether co-authors should agree
Last week I asked what should be done if co-authors disagree on what their paper should say.* My own view is that all co-authors should agree with and stand behind everything in their paper, so that in the event of … Continue reading →
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8:44 AM | This Earth Day, think agriculture
On April 22nd, 1970- the date of the first Earth Day– 20 million people marched for clean air, clean water and improved environmental protections. These actions were designed to draw public attention to the environmental agenda and move environmental issues up the priority list of policy makers. The question is: What will unite us this […]
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6:32 AM | Masters of Innovation
Hey there! Lately, my Marketing colleague – Jyotika has been sharing some amazing ads that belie human ingenuity and innovation. I thought I’ll share them with you because they segue quite nicely from my last post which was centered on a neat Innovation Challenge. Simply Sand-tacular  A little girl’s wish came true as a team of… Continue reading »
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12:00 AM | A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities
I like to simplify what constitutes urban nature in a given area. I therefore thought it might be interesting to provide an overview and to ask whether anything is missing, or erroneously included. This article expresses my view of the variety of forms that could be included under the “nature of cities” banner. On planning … Continue reading A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities →

April 21, 2015

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11:45 PM | Growth of mining on land may promote invasions at sea
Wild ThingsAnimals,Oceans by Sarah Zielinski 7:46pm, April 21, 2015 Northern Pacific seastars gang together off a pier in Australia. The species was transported to Australian waters in the ballast of ships. A new study finds that the growth of the Australian mining industry may help promote such invasions.Saspotato/Flickr (CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0)Some 90 percent of the world’s trade spends at […]
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6:55 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Oregon mill workers describe a workplace rife with dangerous hazards; thousands of fast food and low-wage workers take to the streets for higher wages; labor advocates file worker retaliation complaint against Walmart; and new media workers start to organize.
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4:31 PM | Beatboxing birdsongs of New York
SUMMARY: In these fascinating videos, we see how one man’s quest to merge two passions -- bird watching and beatbox music – has created an experimental new form of music I love beatboxing, but as an ornithologist and birder, I am absolutely delighted by this amazing experiment that a fellow New Yorker, Ben Mirin, is working on: he is using birdsong produced by birds that can be found in New York state as the inspiration for his beatboxing. Mr Mirin... Read more
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3:03 PM | Spitting cobras
This post will soon be available in Spanish!Spitting cobras have been known for centuries,as you can see from this report published in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society in 19001A clever comic from birdandmoonhighlighting the fact that king cobrasare not true cobrasCobras are some of the most iconic snakes in the world, instantly recognizable by their hoods even to those who have never seen one. They are also among the most dangerous snakes—fast-moving, with […]
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2:45 PM | Imaging the urban wild: Fourteen photographers and artists show and talk about their work
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2:36 PM | The hour is getting late
There must be some kind of way out of here Said the joker to the thief There’s too much confusion– I can’t get no relief Businessmen, they drink my wine Plowmen dig my earth None of them up and down … Continue reading →
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1:58 PM | A thousand murders, a thousand stories to tell
Bancha Noppawong is a very rare kind of man, simply because we know his name. He hit the headlines in October 2000, in Phuket, Thailand, when he drove a pick-up truck into a motorbike and knocked the two people on it into the road. The passenger, an 18-year old woman, sustained minor injuries to her […]
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1:26 PM | Scientific software engineer in data-intensive ecology group
My research group is hiring a Scientific Software Engineer to help develop software that facilitates science, contribute to research in data-intensive ecology, and improve scientific research and computing through training and modeling competitions. We are actively involved in data-intensive computational research, open source software development, and open approaches to science. The engineer will work as […]
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1:03 PM | Mocking up the Plantwise Knowledge Bank
This blog post is different to those you might usually read on the Plantwise blog. It is a little tour behind the scenes of the Plantwise Knowledge Bank, telling you about how we design features for our website and mobile. Let us know if you’re interested in hearing more about how we develop the Knowledge […]
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10:47 AM | What’s the largest number of reviewers you’ve had on a single paper?
The comments on Jeremy’s post last week on manuscripts often getting the same reviewers at multiple journals got me wondering about something that is related: what’s the range on the number of reviewers a paper has in a single round … Continue reading →
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10:45 AM | Beatboxing birdsongs of New York | @GrrlScientist
In these fascinating videos, we see how one man’s quest to merge two passions -- bird watching and beatbox music – has created an experimental new form of musicI love beatboxing, but as an ornithologist and birder, I am absolutely delighted by this amazing experiment that a fellow New Yorker, Ben Mirin, is working on: he is using birdsong produced by birds that can be found in New York state as the inspiration for his beatboxing. Mr Mirin is a professional beatboxer, freelance […]
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7:16 AM | Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss -- book review | @GrrlScientist
Bodies of Light is a powerfully evocative exploration of the history of medicine, of feminism, and poverty in Victorian EnglandBodies of Light by Sarah Moss is a historical novel set in 19th century Manchester. As we follow the growing-up years of the main character, Alethea “Ally” Moberly, until she earns her medical degree, we learn about the social and legal plights of women during the early suffrage movement in Britain. We also become acutely aware of the truly terrifying male […]

April 20, 2015

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6:59 PM | Birdbooker Report 369
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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4:00 PM | Imaging the urban wild: Fourteen photographers and artists of urban nature and open space show and talk about their work
 
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3:07 PM | The Journal of Invited Dissent
“Why aren’t there comments on academic articles?” someone asked me over coffee (yes, I have exciting coffee conversations). “People should point out how silly a lot of this stuff is.” I shrugged. “Politics,” I said. “Look at the head of … Continue reading →
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2:35 PM | Adaptive divergence in the monkey flower
Theory suggests adaptive divergence can proceed in the face of gene flow when adaptive alleles occur in areas of the genome, such as chromosomal inversions, that are protected from recombination, which can break up beneficial allele pairings. In their recent Evolution paper, … Continue reading →
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2:22 PM | I, for One, Welcome Our New, Giant, Hairy, Eight Legged, Super Fast Overlords
Telegraph: Forget floods, droughts, sea-level rise and even the melting polar ice caps. Here’s a really compelling reason to worry about global warming. Spiders. Source: climatecrocks.com GR:  Not a good result of warming.  With fewer prey species, selection may indeed … Continue reading →
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12:12 PM | Fixing Medicare physician payments
Last week, President Obama signed long-awaited legislation that will put an end to periodic panic at the prospect of massive, sudden cuts to Medicare physician payments.
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12:00 PM | How to deal with/avoid grade disputes
I just finished marking final exams for the course I am TAing, and I’ve been reflecting on one of my least-favourite parts of teaching: dealing with students who want their grades on exams and assignments reconsidered. I am not good at this. A confession: I have on occasion given an extremely pushy student who just…
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11:07 AM | Don’t introduce your paper by saying that many people have long been interested in the topic (UPATEDx2)
Scientific papers often start by noting that lots of people are interested in the topic: “Topic X is of wide interest in ecology”, or some similar phrase. Sometimes they also talk about changes over time in how many people are … Continue reading →
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11:04 AM | Watch spring explode into view at Kew Gardens | @GrrlScientist
Today’s “Museum Monday” video is a short time-lapse that celebrates the glory of springtime at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens at KewToday’s “Museum Monday” video is a gorgeous (and at times, quietly amusing) time-lapse short that captures the springtime explosion of flora currently taking place at Kew Gardens. In this video, we watch magnolias, tulips, daffodils, bluebells and trees as they burst into flower and leaf, transforming the Gardens into a […]
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8:52 AM | Academic challenge
Bright Club is a variety night of entertainment combining light-hearted research talks from academics and performances from professional comedians. It has been running for several years now across various venues around the UK and recently made the leap to Dublin. Off the back of some grade-A flattery that pandered perfectly to my ego, I agreed to get involved as an academic for the April show. Although being comfortable with lecturing and presenting my science, I have no experience in comedy, […]
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6:24 AM | SSTellar Start to Innovation
Friday was full of fantastic firsts. One. Rocking up to SST (School of Science and Technology). Where children are groomed for greatness. Nurtured to become passionate innovators. Focused on applied learning. And able to connect the dots between classroom learning and the real-world. Two. Mingling with a 3M Manager and Mentor who said that his… Continue reading »

April 19, 2015

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10:00 PM | Clonal conundrum, part un
Molecular ecologists are faced with a clonal conundrum when we wish to investigate the evolutionary ecology of clonal organisms. An attack of the clones is not something that should frighten one away … I had wanted to write a bit … Continue reading →
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1:14 PM | Why invasive plants are second biggest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss
As experts gather in London for a major conference addressing the often overlooked threat of invasive species to biodiversity, Carrie Madren gets a briefing from those on the frontline in the battle against ‘pest plants’…Source: www.theecologist.org GR:  I reached the … Continue reading →
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12:02 PM | Super helpful resources for learning to program in R & Python (inc. GitHub/ Git)
I’m currently at the base of a rather steep learning curve after setting myself the challenge of learning Python and R.  Coming from an no-code stats background, the jump to programming language based analysis has been particularly challenging. But is something that I believe will pay dividends in the future. Both are great for analysing data and are also being incorporated into a growing number of applications and programs. As these Indeed job trend graphs highlight, there is a […]
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