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  • via Jeremy Fox from Dynamic Ecology
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    1 month 2 hours ago

    Note from Jeremy: this is the second guest post in John DeLong‘s planned three part series on independent projects in large enrollment labs. Here’s part 1 if you missed it.

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    We are about halfway through our experiment basing the labs of a large enrollment ecology and evolution course on independent projects and student-driven exercises. Our goal is to offer the students an authentic scientific experience that allows them to develop their own initiative, follow their own nose, and to develop skills whose utility they can appreciate. This post is the second of three installments on this endeavor.

    The overarching lab philosophy is to put students in charge and to facilitate learning scientific skills in the context of their own work. This means that we try to offer up new ‘...

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  • via Meghan Duffy from Dynamic Ecology
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    1 month 1 day ago

    Last week, Terry McGlynn wrote a post with a list of things he wishes other people would write posts about. I read this minutes before heading to the airport, and this was like catnip given my #airportblogging habit. So, I sat in the airport thinking about this topic Terry suggested:

    How PhD students and postdocs are getting professional development to do things other than become a tenure-track faculty member

    This is something I’ve been discussing a lot on seminar trips, with prospective grad students, and with colleagues, but I hadn’t thought about writing a post on it before. So, with thanks to Terry for the prompt, here’s the story of how one of my students has explored career interests outside academia.

    As I’ve written about before...

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  • via qaecology from The Quantitative & Applied Ecology Group
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    1 month 1 day ago

    As a lab, we’ve made it a priority to increase the standards of our code to align with best practices for reproducibility and repeatability of our science. In keeping with this goal, this week in reading group Saras Windecker and Hannah Fraser lead a discussion on the British Ecological Society’s Guide to Reproducible Code in Ecology and Evolution, measures on how we can implement these guidelines in our research and the barriers that limit their uptake within the QAEco group. Here is a brief summary of that discussion.

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  • via Jeremy Fox from Dynamic Ecology
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    1 month 2 days ago

    Like many biology profs, Meghan often starts class by talking for a few minutes about the “organism of the day“, as a way to engage student interest and illustrate key concepts. I do something similar in my intro biostats course. I start some lectures with “statistical vignettes”: real-world examples that illustrate key statistical concepts and demonstrate their practical importance, hopefully in a fun way.

    I’ll say right up front that I have no idea how successful these vignettes are.* I don’t know if they make much difference to how well students like the course, and honestly I doubt they move the needle in terms of student mastery of the material. But I like doing them, I can’t see how they’d do any harm, and I’m sure at least a few students like and appreciate them. So here are some of my statistical...

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  • via Terry McGlynn from Small Pond Science
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    1 month 2 days ago
    Some people will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid dropping the H-bomb. (This’ll be a short and less-than-grand post because, well, I’m busy) Let me recreate a conversation I’ve heard (or been involved in) dozens of times over the years. “So, where did you go to college?” “Boston.” “You went to Boston College? Or BU?”… Read the full article.
  • via Chris Grieves from methods.blog (Methods in Ecology and Evolution)
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    1 month 2 days ago
    Post provided by Christina Derrick Focus Group Discussions: What are They and Why Use Them? To paraphrase Nelson Mandela: ultimately, conservation is about groups of people. On a global scale it’s our collective human footprint that drives habitat destruction and … Continue reading → Read the full article.
  • via Terry McGlynn from Small Pond Science
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    1 month 6 days ago
    A couple weeks ago, the students in our department bought lunch for the faculty. It was a nice catered takeout box. I had the Mediterranean Veggie. It reminded me of the time that the students bought us all bagels and coffee, for the departmental office. But, these meals had a miserable aftertaste.
  • via Brian McGill from Dynamic Ecology
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    1 month 1 week ago

    I am convinced that most people become scientists not for the big overarching aims of science, but for personal reasons. Because I love the outdoors, plants, working with data, and a very flexible independent job would be four of mine. Others love working with their hands, a certain form of status, just love their species, etc. But none of these are the overarching goals of science. And even if I don’t think overarching goals are why we get into science, I do think most scientists are bought into the overarching goals of science as well. Certainly I think most scientists see themselves as truth-seekers. Can we be more specific about the overarching goals of science? I am going to argue that there are three major overarching goals of science:

    • Understanding – the answers to why questions. How does the world work. Why is the sky blue? Why are there so many species?
    • Prediction – what will happen? Neptune must exist because of the weird...
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  • via James Ross from Journal of Ecology blog
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    1 month 1 week ago
    Dominik Merges (PhD candidate, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre) has written a blog post about his recently published Journal of Ecology article about the spatial patterns of plant-associated fungi.  When you think of Swiss alpine valleys, you might think of gentle mountain slopes covered with conifers (see picture 1). These tree line forests present… Read the full article.
  • via Terry McGlynn from Small Pond Science
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    1 month 1 week ago
    I make a point to post at least once a week. Sometimes the blog posts are full essays, sometimes they’re just a less ordered collection of thoughts, such as this one. One of the reasons I helped start Rapid Ecology is that I wanted to see a much broader range of voices in this medium. I… Read the full article.

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