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.
Grace, Jon, and Jeff celebrate two years of podcasting with a mailbag episode where we answer a slew of emails, questions, and follow-ups from the last few weeks on air including crowdfunding science, grants for early career folks, and why we don't talk about more classical ecology papers. Also, hot pockets.
The Bob's Burgers Cookbook
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - "Postcard Memories"
Promise Ring - "Picture Postcard"
Blues Clues - "Mailtime"
Jon and Jeff ask the age old question, when do the statistics get so wonky you call in the quants? The gang minus one talk about the trade-offs between learning new, powerful techniques and just collaborating with folks who have already climbed that mountain (e.g. statisticians and quantitative ecologists). Also, old car or new car? Doom metal or screamo? Did you know we are the world's leading ecology podcast? So much and more on this episode of Major Revisions!
Grace, Jon, and Jeff give a primer on the funding mechanisms at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as talk about the recent changes there. The gang also lament poison ivy, oak mites, and chiggers while also providing a stern warning about Benadryl. Be careful kids.