Friday links: new small-school ecology blog, job skills advice for grad students, #sciencepickuplines, Dawkins for Pope odds, and more

From Meg:

I just learned about the “Small Pond Science” blog by ecologist Terry McGlynn (thanks to a tweet from Alex Wild). While it does not focus on small ponds (sadly), it does focus on life doing research at a teaching institution. I’ve found the first few entries interesting, and I suspect many of our readers will, too — especially those considering positions at teaching institutions. (Jeremy adds: I just heard about this blog too, it’s well worth reading and fills an unfilled niche in the eco-blogosphere. Terry’s planning a very high posting frequency, so there should be lots of good material in the pipeline)

Using Shannon and Simpson’s diversity indices to look at diversity of the US Supreme Court.

NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology joins the ecology blogosphere! This will be interesting to follow.

From Brian:

A thoughtful post on a graduate student’s experience with Statistical Machismo.

From Jeremy:

Excellent, detailed post at Early Career Ecologists on how grad students can prepare themselves during grad school for jobs outside of academia.

On a semi-related note, marine ecologist and longtime blogger Kevin Zelnio is giving up both in favor of opening a microbrewery. He talks at length about the reasons for his decision, and the role of mentoring (good and bad) in leading him to this point. Molecular Ecology has a related post on the importance of good mentorship for postdocs in particular, and how to maximize your chances of getting it.

Andrew Gelman continues his recent series of posts on philosophy of statistics, with a very nice post about how philosophizing is important even for the everyday, practical, real world use of statistics.

Nice post, in an economics context but with equal relevance to ecology (and quite accessible to any ecologist), on why a laser-like focus on making and testing predictions isn’t enough for a successful science. Not even a successful science that cares only about making predictions! (HT Mike the Mad Biologist)

Ecologist Amy Parachnowitsch is conducting a survey on teaching methods used in ecology courses. You can take the survey here.

#sciencepickuplines. Not as funny as #overlyhonestmethods, but funny. HT @JBYoder.

Finally, of course you can place a bet on Richard Dawkins becoming Pope. The odds are even attractive portentious! ;-) (HT Crooked Timber)

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3 thoughts on “Friday links: new small-school ecology blog, job skills advice for grad students, #sciencepickuplines, Dawkins for Pope odds, and more

  1. Sadly, no one seems to be clicking the link to the betting odds on Richard Dawkins becoming Pope. So I’ll just reveal that the bookmaker’s odds are 666-1. Which I thought was pretty funny. ;-)

  2. That was a crazy good link to the ‘assumptions matter’ about overtesting theories. (I always feel a little bit dirty when I have a bunch of interesting experiments that look at a number of issues, but to publish the paper I have to sell it as a “test of theory X.”)

    And, thanks, so much, for pointing out my blog.

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