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)
"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
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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As promised, here’s the 2017 round-up of all my favourite science, projects, moments and music from 2017. Let’s jump right in with my favourite 2017 papers. The stand out science First up, it’s this paper by Tom Finch and colleagues about the use of social media and its influence on predicted future citations. This is … Continue reading The 2017 round-up
Christmas is over and so are the first few months of my PhD. I’m back in the UK and won’t be returning to Dublin until August/September of next year. I’ve taken on a lot both at Trinity and outside, but I feel like it’s the right amount of work for me – if the past … Continue reading A brief taste of Irish life
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
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?