Grace, Jon, and Jeff kick off a series delving into classic papers in ecology, leading off with P. A. P. Moran's classic paper "The statistical analysis of the Canadian Lynx Cycle II: Synchronization and Meteorology." Spatial synchrony, fluctuations that are correlated through time across two or more locations, is a fundamental aspect of population dynamics that has long interested ecologists. A common mechanism of spatial synchrony in population dynamics is the transmission of synchrony to the population from an environmental fluctuation-often a climate variable-that is itself synchronous. This phenomenon is known as the Moran effect after Patrick Moran, the Australian statistician who provided its mathematical basis in a 1953 journal article. Today, a search for “Moran effect” on google scholar returns ~1500 papers, indicating its widespread influence. Much of Jon’s current work builds on the foundation established by this and other classical papers on spatial synchrony.
The gang also take a look at the March Mammal Madness brackets for 2018, make their picks of who they think will win, and which ones are more or less edible. Grace also regales us with amazing Lynx facts! Follow #2018MMM for updates on March Mammal Madness!
This episode, Jeff talks to Caitlin MacKenzie, a postdoc at the University of Maine, about taking sediment cores from frozen lakes, what it's like to put together and deliver a TEDx talk on an 19th century botanist, surviving the snowscape she calls home, and conservation, phenology, and ecology in New England.
Later in the episode we learn how to pronounce "Katahdin" and why jazz music isn't allowed in Baxter State Park in Maine. It's a real barn-burner of an episode.
Grace, Jon, and Jeff jump into the murky and oddly shaped pool that is the world of the graduate school interview. We also go on a journey to find out what happened to Grace's phone, how scientists find love, and the only five hobbies graduate students are allowed to have.
Jeff and Grace bond over their love of Otterbox.
Grace, Jon, and Jeff talk about #SinceIWasYoung a hashtag that began on Twitter during the first part of January, 2018 related to the content of graduate school admission essays and offer some advice to "show," not "tell" while ensuring that potential students are able to relate and talk about their stories, their passions, and what drives them. tl;dr: be you, be proud.
Grace, Jon, and Jeff reconvene book club to talk about the pretty excellent book "The Professor is In" by Karen Kelsky, the ups and downs of the academic job market, and "outing" themselves as reviewers.
Grace, Jon, and Jeff reconvene for book club! This time to discuss the book "How to do Ecology" from Richard Karban and Mikaela Huntzinger. The gang also talk about what the holidays are like as a scientist and academic. Spoiler: Jon still likes cranberry sauce.
How to Do Ecology by Karban and Huntzinger
Writing Science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded by Josh Schimel
The Scientist's Guide to Writing: How to write more easily and effectively through your scientific career by Stephen Heard
"Holiday" - Vampire Weekend
"This is How We Do It" - Montell Jordan
Grace, Jon, and Jeff jump right into the fray this week to talk about a recent, divisive article in Nature Ecology and Evolution about the papers every ecologist should be reading.
"100 Articles Every Ecologist Should Read" - Courchamp and Bradshaw, Nature Ecology and Evolution
A more inclusive list - 500 Women Scientists and Kelly Sierra Ramirez
GitHub Repo for the article w/ additional data and analysis - CJ Bradshaw
"Stanger Things (Title Sequence)" - Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein
"100 Years From Now" - Wilco (Gram Parsons Cover)
Grace, Jon, and Jeff do the inaugural impact factor draft, which is really an excuse to talk about the landscape of ecological journals, past, present, and future. The gang also discuss statistical simplicity and the gypsy moth round-up (not the actual name).
Statistics in Excel, and when Results sections are "too short" - Stephen Heard, Scientist Sees Squirrel
Taking statistical machismo back out of twitter bellicosity - Brian McGill, Dynamic Ecology
Data Illuminate a Mountain of Molehills Facing Women Scientists - Julia Rosen, EOS
"Wait Your Turn" - Rihanna
"Brace for Impact (Live a Little)" - Sturgill Simpson
Grace, Jon, and Jeff revisit the first year of Major Revisions and talk about the future along with updating some past episodes.
Grace and Jeff, sans Jon, talk about some of the latest in carbon cycling research--terrestrial and aquatic! We also talk Jon's recent wedding, examine a new paper in Science focusing on the tropics, a great piece on science blogging, and talk about the podcast's upcoming anniversary. Oh, and cow farts. Lots about cow farts.
R is greater than SAS
Rethinking the Scientific Career from Emily Bernhardt et al.
Baccini et al. 2017 "Tropical forests are a net carbon source based on aboveground measurements of gain and loss"
Saunders et al. "Bringing ecology blogging into the scientific fold: measuring reach and impact of science community blogs"
Kool Keith - "Trees"
Troubled Hubble - "I'm Pretty Sure I See Molecules"