Also this week: assortative mating by major, remembering Bob Paine, Leibig’s Law of the Minimum (productivity), and more.
A little while back I polled y’all on your views on who should get to be an author of a scientific paper, and on author contribution statements as a way of apportioning credit and responsibility for scientific papers. Here are the results on authorship, which I find quite interesting. There’s a fair bit of disagreement! I’ll post results on author contribution statements in a follow-up post.
A while back we invited you to ask us anything. Here’s our answer to our next question, from Richard Feldman. The question has been paraphrased for brevity, click through for the original.
How do you fairly review a paper for a smaller or more local journal? Does one just look at recent issues and say ‘oh, that’s how it’s done at this journal’, or does one push the authors to be more rigorous and correct mistakes?
I won’t be at the ESA meeting this year, but as a
service to the community way of procrastinating, here are the fruits of my background research on where to drink interesting beer in Ft. Lauderdale.* Think of it as a specialized supplement to J. Matt Hoch’s guest post yesterday on where to eat and drink in Ft. Lauderdale.
Or, you could just find a nice spot by the beach and drink whatever Steve Walker’s drinking. But I wouldn’t recommend that.**😉
Note from Jeremy: this is a guest post from J. Matt Hoch, an ecologist at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. Thanks very much to Matt for sharing his local knowledge–and for going so far as to poll his whole college for suggestions! He even told you where to eat in Miami if you have time to pop down there. He’ll be at the ESA meeting, so if you see him thank him in person!
Very sad news: E. C. Pielou has passed away. After earning two PhDs–in mathematics and mathematical ecology–she pioneered multivariate statistics in ecology. Like countless ecologists, I learned multivariate statistics from her classic textbook, The Interpretation of Ecological Data. She wrote several other books on mathematical ecology. Canadian ecologists in particular will feel her loss; she held faculty positions at Queens, Dalhousie, and Lethbridge (that last as a Canada Research Chair), and remained an active environmentalist, naturalist, and nature writer in British Columbia until the end of her life. Among her many awards and honors, she was the second woman to receive the ESA’s Eminent Ecologist Award, in 1986. Fond personal remembrance from Loys Maingon of Comox Valley Nature here.
2016 has been a sad year for ecology–a whole generation of giants is passing on.
UPDATE: In the comments, Meg passes on a link to Jacquelyn Gill’s very nice 2012 piece on E. C. Pielou. Both her piece, and the remembrance linked above, include amusing anecdotes attesting to the value Pielou attached to mathematical rigor and precision. Jacquelyn’s piece also includes detail on Pielou’s remarkable life story, of which I was embarrassingly unaware. She started out as a self-taught amateur in the late 1950s, and was awarded a PhD from the University of London based on papers she’d written on her own without an adviser or supervisory committee.
Also this week: all we have to fear is
getting scooped fear of getting scooped, A>Z, the ongoing death professionalization of science blogging, and more. Including a bit of shameless own-horn tooting.
In case you’re curious, here’s every review request I’ve received since July 2013, including those I declined. I haven’t counted counted mss I’ve handled as an editor for Axios Review or as a guest editor for Functional Ecology. First the list, in descending order of number of requests, then a few comments. Unless you have insomnia, you’ll probably just want to scroll to the comments.
Any advice on applying for and accepting positions that aren’t ideal from the perspective of the applicant? For instance, what if you accept a position because its your only option at the time, but then later get a better offer? Should you mention at the interview stage that you’ve applied for other positions that you’d prefer?
Do you know Ft. Lauderdale? Do you like to eat food and drink drinks? If so, you can do us and thousands of ecologists a favor by writing a guest post for us on where to eat and drink in Ft. Lauderdale for the ESA meeting! (UPDATE: We’ve got someone lined up, post will go up later this week or early next week.)
Here, here, and here are our posts from last year on where to eat and drink in Baltimore, to give you an idea of the sort of thing we’re looking for. We’ve been doing these posts for a few years now and they’ve become really popular.
If you’re interested, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tweet to @DynamicEcology. First volunteer or two gets the gig! You’d need to be able to write something in the next 10 days or so.