Grace, Jon, and Jeff do a round of Would You Rather? Academic Style and then follow up with a conversation about the quintessential paper Power 1990 "Effects of Fish in River Food Webs" as they jump back into the Classics in Ecology series. Mary Power's work established the importance of understanding river food webs from a trophic perspective, rather than just a flow-dominated system.
Power, 1990 "Effects of Fish in River Food Webs"
Lykke Li - "I Follow Rivers"
Camera Obscura - "Forests and Sand"
Grace, Jon, and Jeff do some spring cleaning via the latest buzz from Twitter and the blogosphere including way-out-there poster designs, what constitutes a real ecosystem, comparing male-female ratios in publications, and how ecology programs are put together. Grace also details her wine-o-mometer for the changing seasons while Jon doubts the existence of white wine.
Gender discrepancy in publications (from Dr. Kim Novick via Twitter)
Radical poster make-over?
What is a real ecosystem? (from Dr. Amy Burgin)
What is a real ecosystem (part 2)? (from Dr. Jim Heffernen)
The state of ecology and eeb (from Dr. Terry McGlynn)
"The Twitterization of the Academic Mind"
Catch 22 - "Dear Sergio"
The Wrens - "Thirteen Grand"
Grace, Jon, and Jeff are talking March Mammal Madness 2019 ! Jeff questions dandelions, Jon goes all in on owls, Grace has speciation questions, and we are joined by friend of the podcast Bob, our local sea turtle and marine specialist. The gang also discuss the issues of bothersome acronyms and seminar titles in science.
Major Revisions 2019 MMM Contest
The Regrettes - "Fox on the Run"
The Dead Milkmen - "The Badger Song"
Jeff and Jon sit down with Patrice Connors and Marc Kissel, two of the folks behind March Mammal Madness 2019 (#2019MMM). Marc and Patrice give us the behind the scenes, inside baseball look at the process of creating the narratives and organizing #2019MMM as well as sharing their love and interest behind the amazing science communication juggernaut. Did you know that MMM reaches over 100k students? All this and more!
We are also announcing the Major Revisions 2019 MMM tournament. It's a multi-round game where every round is based on MMM. The points are cumulative, but you get to make new picks every round! No busted bracket worries. Whoever picks the most right gets to pick a topic for a future episode of Major Revisions!
March Mammal Madness 2019 Official Site
Major Revisions MMM Tournament Round One
Dr. Patrice Connors (website, twitter: @PKurnath)
Dr. Marc Kissel (website, twitter: @MarcKissel)
Buck Owens - "I've Got a Tiger By The Tail"
Jesse Jo Stark - "Dandelion"
Grace, Jon, and Jeff tackle a recent paper in Ecology (Pillai & Gouhier, 2019) that claims that the "positive" effect of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning is vastly overstated. The gang talk about the background and context of the paper, including neutral theory, competitive exclusion, and complementarity, while also revisiting some classic ecology work from Tilman and Huston. Also, March Mammal Madness is coming soon!
Pillai and Gouhier et al. 2019 in Ecology (preprint on arxiv.org)
Altmetrics on the paper (See what others are saying!
March Mammal Madness 2019
Lemuria - Bluffing Statistics
Tall Ships - Words Are Pegs Upon Which We Hang Ideas
Jeff sits down with Rob Nowicki, a postdoctoral researcher at the Mote Marine Lab, to talk about how the scope of ecological research has changed over that past few decades, the differences between marine ecology and biology, living in the Florida Keys, and what life is like in the field when your field is the deep blue sea.
Grace, Jon, and Jeff bid a not-so-fond farewell to 2018. The gang talk about their favorite papers of the year, science low-lights, and their podcast resolutions for the upcoming year. And, to wrap up the year, we return with America's favorite game, five questions. What would your lab mascot be? What are the sounds of owls mating? Have you seen Twin Peaks? Also, Jeff learns about the limnology challenge he has to face and everyone learns what the 2019 Major Revisions stickers are going to look like!
Papers of 2018 coming soon!
Lawrence Arms - 100 Resolutions
Todd Snider - Long Year
Dr. Ben Cook from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Ben is a climate scientist broadly interested in interactions between the land surface and climate system, with a focus on drought and hydroclimate. We talk about drought, understanding the climate system, working across scales, Ben's upcoming book, and how we think about hazards. This episode was recorded live at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, DC. Follow Ben on Twitter at @dustybowl.
Pre-Order Ben's book "Drought--An Interdisciplinary Perspective"
Dismemberment Plan - "The Face of the Earth"
Priests - "Nothing Feels Natural"
We welcome Dr. Kyla Dahlin from Michigan State University to the show. Kyla's research aims to better understand and quantify ecosystem processes and disturbance responses through the application of emerging technologies, including air- and space-borne remote sensing, spatial statistics, and process-based modeling. We also talk about kids, life, and giant slingshots. Follow Kyla on Twitter: @bristleweed or @ERSAM_lab. This episode was recorded at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in Washington, DC 2018
The ERSAM (Ecological Remote Sensing and Modeling Lab) at Michigan State
Q and Not U - "We Heart Our Hive"
Trouble Funk - "All Over The World"
Grace, Jon, and Jeff continue the discussion about the NSF proposal process including ad hoc reviews, what panels are like, and how to prepare what you need in order to get funded. The gang also take stock of what their science wishlist is for the holidays including imaginary dataset, magical equipment, and the most fantastic of all . . . time to do what needs to get done. Also, the joys of winter fieldwork and olive juice.