Grace and Jon sit down with Dr. Michael Pace of the University of Virginia in lovely Ames, Iowa to talk about how the landscape of data and data sharing has changed across ecology in the last few decades.
Recorded in late August, the gang discuss a recent Nature Communications op-ed on the difference between statistical and mathematical models. How and why do we approach modeling the way that we do? What are the assumptions we make?
Jeff also remembers college football is a thing while mounting a defense of all things pumpkin.
Jeff sits down with professor and ecohydrologist Ryan Emanuel from North Carolina State University to talk about crossovers in ecology and hydrology, introducing students to interdisciplinary work, and his work with American Indian/Indigenous communities. Ryan also gives us a big announcement.
Ryan Emanuel's Staff Page
Water in the Lumbee World: A River and Its People in a Time of Change
Sorry About Dresden - "My Theme is Carbon"
Preston School of Industry - "Caught in the Rain"
Grace, Jon, and Jeff are back at it with Classic Ecology V: SE Hobbie's 1992 opus "Effects of plant species on nutrient cycling." The gang also talk about the experiment Jeff is apart of and debate, at length, nitrogen and phosphorous limitation. Hold on to your hat there buckaroo, this one is a doozy.
Odd Future - "Forest Green"
Yo La Tengo - "The Forest Green"
Jon and Jeff do a deep-dive into the PLOS: Computational Biology paper "Ten Simple Rules for Better Figures." This one is kind of nerdy, but at this point, isn't that what y'all want?
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