Also this week: the story behind Schluter & McPhail 1992, the current state of play in science blogging, and more.
This week in I’m Contractually Obliged To Link To This: Nature has a news piece on why science blogging is still a useful thing to do (at least for the rare people who are committed to it for the long haul, like the successful bloggers quoted in the piece). The recent paper on science blogging co-authored by Meghan and several other leading ecology bloggers figures prominently, as do its authors. A minor update: the linked piece quotes our traffic at over 40,000 pageviews/month. That’s a slightly outdated number; we now get a bit more than 60,000 pageviews in a typical month.
A “story behind the paper” interview with Dolph Schluter on Schluter & McPhail 1992, the now-classic “checklist” for demonstrating character displacement. It’s a really deep dive–even covers the acknowledgments! Perhaps best to skim for the bits that interest you. I was charmed by the handwritten letter Dolph got about the paper from none other than Ernst Mayr. I have an old post on the power of such checklists in scientific research, that didn’t convince Brian, so go read it and decide for yourself. That old post also includes some awesome advice to graduate students for how to write a research proposal, that I’d totally forgotten I wrote. 2011-2014 me kicks 2018 me’s butt, blogging-wise.
And here’s an interview with Michel Loreau giving the backstory of Loreau & Hector 2001.
Carl Zimmer has a new book out! (ht Marginal Revolution)
This book looks interesting too. I like learning how people in different academic disciplines look at the world. (ht Marginal Revolution)
Hope you weren’t too excited for Annihilation, the new big-budget scifi movie coming out later this month and starring Natalie Portman as an ecologist. The studio just sold off the international rights to Netflix, which isn’t exactly a vote of confidence. I wasn’t too excited, because I didn’t like the novel on which the movie is based.
My eventually-forthcoming book, summarized in one tweet that is not even by me. 🙂