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If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?

A recent study led by myself and Dr. Nick Friedman asks whether we can accurately measure how diverse different ecosystems are on the island of Okinawa, Japan. We set up 24 monitoring sites across the island in different locations – in forests, grassland, mangroves, near the beach and in the city – to monitor all … Continue reading If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?

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How to Write, and read, a (manuscript) rejection letter – Stephen Heard

Several months ago, I wrote about how to write, and read, a job rejection letter. I know a lot about those. I also know quite a bit about manuscript rejections (as most of us do). I’ve received so many I’ve lost track, and I’ve written as many or more as an editor. Just as with […] … Continue reading How to Write, and read, a (manuscript) rejection letter – Stephen Heard

Negotiate authorship before collecting data – Terry McGlynn

Authorship disputes are not uncommon. Even when there are no actual disputes over who did what on a project, there may be lots of authorship resentments. That’s because a lot of folks — by no mere coincidence, junior scientists more often — end up not getting as much credit as they think they deserve when […] … Continue reading Negotiate authorship before collecting data – Terry McGlynn

Back on solid ground (for now)

Finally, my life is starting to bear some semblance of normalcy after an absolutely crazy few months! I’ll try not to overdo it, but here are some of the highlights, as well as what I’m up to at the minute: I’m going to be a Doctor… …of philosophy that is. And not until around 2021, … Continue reading Back on solid ground (for now)

When Measuring Biodiversity, Do Individuals Matter? — methods.blog

Our newly-developed method simulates intraspecific trait variation when measuring biodiversity. This gives us an understanding of how individual variation affects ecosystem processes and functioning. We were able to show that accounting for within-species variation when measuring functional diversity can reveal details about ecological communities which would otherwise remain unseen. […] via When Measuring Biodiversity, Do … Continue reading When Measuring Biodiversity, Do Individuals Matter? — methods.blog

Same struggles, different year

Very belated Happy New Year! I’ve been meaning to write another post for a while, but I’ve been having problems with work and various other things which have prevented me from posting for a while. But actually, that is the BEST time to write a post. Science is full of ups and downs and I … Continue reading Same struggles, different year