SO, YOU GOT AN INTERVIEW… (advice for the imminent academic) – MostlyAcademic

Mostly Academic

Congratulations!! Most people do interviews really badly and you aren’t going to be one of those people!! So you have a better than even chance. Below is a summary of interview tips. They are pretty general and don’t apply to every position, but they are based on real experiences for academic interviews.

Before the interview…

  • In terms of timing, try and be really accommodating, as it shows your interest and willingness. For phone interviews be willing to get up at 3am to make timetabling easier for the panel if they are on the other side of the world. Rearrange your schedule around the interviewers.
  • For a face-to-face interview, ask whether there are accompanying meetings with other staff. If not, ask to arrange them, and have a list of people you would particularly like to talk to.
  • Whether you are doing phone or face to face, look at the website like…

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Japan (round 2)

I’m back at OIST in Okinawa, collaborating with Evan Economo’s group as part of my PhD. It’s been really nice to get back into my old routine here and continue to do interesting science with big ecology data. Plus, Japan is still my favourite place to be, so that helps! I’ve been pretty busy lately, so … Continue reading Japan (round 2)

In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters – Carl Safina

"A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that saving species need not be a conservation priority. But this revisionist thinking shows a lack of understanding of evolution and an ignorance of the natural world."  A few years ago, I helped lead a ship-based expedition along south Alaska during which … Continue reading In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters – Carl Safina

Are these the data you are looking for?

Ramblings of an ecóloga


This entry is inspired by conversations and discussions that occurred during the recent British Ecological Society Macroecology Special Interest Group meeting in Oxford (7-8 July 2016). Macroecologists often rely on data collected by other people, which can be compiled into large databases covering wide areas and many species. These data are becoming increasingly available, but it is not always straightforward to find them. There is much potentially valuable information out there, but if we do not know about it then its value is “wasted”. So I decided to put together a list of resources I have used or know about. This a non-(yet)comprehensive list which includes databases describing trait data for terrestrial vertebrate species. Because I work mostly with mammals, there is probably a better representation of mammalian sources. The databases listed here are “freely” available (although some are appendices in subscription journals which may require requesting copies from the authors)…

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The science that’s never been cited – Richard Van Noorden

Nature investigates how many papers really end up without a single citation. The geneticist and Nobel prizewinner Oliver Smithies, who died in January aged 91, was a modest, self-effacing inventor. It was typical of him to trot out the tale of one of his greatest flops: a paper1 about measuring osmotic pressure published in 1953, which, as … Continue reading The science that’s never been cited – Richard Van Noorden