Today at 10:20 am Central time I’m giving a keynote talk on science blogging at the 2016 American Fisheries Society meeting. It’s part of the #SocialFish symposium, which runs all day. Come on by if you’re at the meeting, or follow via Twitter if you’re not! It’ll be a mix of old thoughts and new thoughts. There will be zombie jokes. And I’ll be comparing myself to an alligator gar.
Here it is again: ask us anything! Got a question about ecology, science, academia, or anything else we blog about? Ask away in the comments, or by tweeting to @DynamicEcology. Ask as many questions as you like. We’ll compile the questions and answer them in future posts. (UPDATE: We now have a bunch of questions–thanks everyone!–and there’s a limit to how many we can handle, so we’re going to close the comments at the end of the day on June 28.)
Past questions have ranged from how we’d fix the entire US research funding system, to the statistical techniques every ecologist needs to know, to how to teach yourself theoretical ecology, to when to give up on a line of research, to how to deal with slow collaborators…
So, I’m going to be speaking in a symposium on social media at the American Fisheries Society meeting in August. I’m talking about blogging, obviously, but I deliberately kept my abstract pretty broad so that I could decide later what exactly to talk about. So, if you were attending this meeting–or if you are!–what would you like me to talk about? If you were in my shoes, what would you talk about? Here are a few scattered but hopefully interesting ideas I’ve had:
Come join Meg at UMich! We’re searching for three tenure track assistant professors in ecology (specifically ecosystem ecology, population & community ecology, and theoretical ecology). To answer one common question: yes, you can apply for more than one of the positions. The formal ad and the link for application is below the break.
Note from Meg: This is a guest post by Gina Baucom, a colleague of mine and my partner in creating DiversifyEEB. Here, Gina has written a guest post describing the initiative. We’re hoping to follow up with more posts in the future!
The University of Michigan will host NextProf Science, May 10-13, 2016, to encourage talented scientists with a demonstrated commitment to diversity to consider academia as a career. Targeted at postdoctoral fellows and advanced doctoral students, the workshop is aimed at helping participants develop strategies that will strengthen their ability to pursue academic careers. Underrepresented minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. Travel, lodging, and meals will be provided for those selected to participate. Deadline for submission of all application materials is February 21, 2016. Learn more here.
Last year, some of the attendees indicated they learned about the workshop through Dynamic Ecology. I hope this year’s announcement is similarly successful!
The deadline for submitting nominations for the ESA’s various awards is Dec. 15. One of the highest-profile awards is the Mercer Award, given annually to the best ecology paper by a young author (lead author <41 at time of publication) in the last two years (so, 2014-15 this time around). The paper can come from any journal, and the lead author need not be an ESA member or US citizen. (UPDATE: George Mercer was a young ecologist killed in WW II. The age criterion for eligibility reflects the history of the award–which goes back to 1948–as a way of remembering a young ecologist whose career was cut short by war.)
Hopefully you’re planning to submit nominations! It’s fun to do. It’s a great way to honor deserving colleagues. It feels great if the person you nominate wins. And in the case of the Mercer Award, you’re shaping the direction of the field in a small way by giving honor and publicity to the sort of work you’d like to see more of.
To help you out, in this post I’ll do two things. First, I’ll toss out some suggestions for papers that should be in the conversation for the Mercer Award. This should be a fun conversation to have–what’s the very best ecology published in the last two years? Second, I’ll address various common excuses for not submitting award nominations.
Starting this week, we’re going to reformat the homepage. We’re going to show only the first bit of each post, plus a “read more” button. That will let you to see all the recent posts without so much scrolling. Our hope is that this will keep recent posts from falling off your collective radar so quickly.
This is an experiment, we’ll change it back if that’s what y’all want. So here’s a poll, tell us what you think. (note that you might want to wait until the change takes effect, and then give it a few days to see what you think before you fill out the poll.)