Also this week: the realized niche is “all shit”, world’s greatest faculty job application cover letter, the sixth mass
extinction speciation, MIT diplomas vs. Bitcoin, debating systematics, scientific mavericks, Rand Paul vs. peer review, and more. Lots of good stuff this week! Stick around to the end for a joke involving Shirley Jackson and Peter Chesson. Like our tagline says, “the fox knows many things”–and he also likes to show off his half-remembered liberal arts education by making weird jokes. 🙂
Also this week: missing Jane Lubchenco, Gilbert & Sullivan vs. digital humanities, the mysterious behavioral ecology of joggers, nerd sniping Stephen Heard, and more.
Also this week: Meghan wins an award, the
future adjunctification is here it’s just not evenly distributed, renaming Dynamic Ecology, if your study species revolted, and more.
Also this week: new call for EEB working group proposals, teaching vs. research vs.
service leadership, college student support for free speech is not collapsing, Hollywood vs. Jeremy’s book reviews, #overlyhonestreasonsforcitinganarticle, and more.
Also this week: #bugsR4girls, quadratic regression is not a valid test for humped and u-shaped relationships, a belated shoutout to #MySciComm, karaoke talks, college ≠ Harvard, and more. Including a link from Brian!
Also this week: Happy belated 99th birthday Katherine Johnson, gender-neutral success rates at the NSERC grad student and postdoc fellowship programs, the importance of wasting time on bad ideas, every academic as a distracted boyfriend, and more.
Also this week: a fascinating deep dive into paleoartistic reconstructions of extinct dinosaurs, an external report on the NSF preproposal system, shrink-wrapped dinosaurs, the decline of public research universities in the US midwest, imposter syndrome, counterfactual history of science, do you have a conflict of interest with your Twitter followers, distracted
boyfriend data analyst, and more.
Also this week: a rare retraction from an ecology journal, eclipse humor, and more.
Also this week: the story behind an evolutionary parody, a statistical profile of recent faculty hires in neuroscience, Game of
Thrones grad school, “it’s because she put the beetles in a planetarium”, the statistician blues, Lego Daphnia, and more.
The NSF has a new report on the career plans of newly-minted science and engineering PhDs. There are more than ever–but fewer have concrete plans for after they receive their degrees. (ht Chris Blattman)
The opposite of a biologist is a model (the fashion kind, not the mathematical kind). (ht @matt_levine)
And finally: Meghan, Brian, and I celebrated Dynamic Ecology’s 5th birthday this week:
Happy birthday to us! Looking forward to another n years.