Posts organized by topic

We have over 2000 posts in our archives. Here are some of them, organized by topic. Click the topic you want to be taken down to the list of posts on that topic. Note that there’s already a separate page listing all of our posts about the N. American ecology faculty job market and how to navigate it. And note that a few posts are listed under multiple topics.

This page is a work in progress. More topics and posts will be added whenever Jeremy wants to procrastinate on real work finds some time.

Topic list

Biodiversity

Book reviews

Blogging

Conferences, posters, talks

Controversies

Data management

Doing ecology around the world

Equity, diversity, and inclusion

Faculty advice

Fraud

Fundamental vs. applied research

Grad student advice

Grants

History of ecology

Ideas about ecologists

Ideas about ecology

Mental health

Mentoring

Meta-analysis

Mistakes

Non-academic (and non-faculty academic) careers for ecologists

Parenting in science

Personal stories

Public image of ecology and ecologists

Philosophy of science

Research programs: their rise and fall

Science, policy, and society

Scientific publishing and peer review

Statistics

Teaching

Theory and mathematics

Women in ecology

Working groups

Writing

Zombie ideas (ideas that should be dead, but aren’t)

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Biodiversity^

Biodiversity and pizza – an extended analogy

Questioning the value of biodiversity

Did North America really lose 3 billion birds? What does it mean?

Scientists have to present a united front, right?

Here we go again – the planet is practically dead

Does ecology have a role in sustainability science?

The implementation gap in conservation biology: is math contributing to the problem?

Book reviews^

Merchants of Doubt

The Signal and the Noise

How the Hippies Saved Physics

The Theory of Ecological Communities

The Knowledge Machine

Theory and Reality

Superforecasting

Experimental Evolution and the Nature of Biodiversity

Three brief book reviews: The Science of the Struggle for Existence, Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, and Why Do Lemmings Commit Suicide?

Brief book reviews: four popular science and history of science books

The Pseudoscience Wars

The Signature of All Things

Darwin Deleted

The Bet

Lost In Math

Community Ecology (Morin) and Community Ecology (Mittelbach)

Wild Life

Popular science books that scientists would enjoy

What are your favorite novels featuring scientists?

Want to read some Terry Pratchett, or get some for a kid, but don’t know where to start? I’m here to help!

Some thoughts on The Undoing Project, especially related to science, academia, and mentoring

Darwin’s Origin of Species: notes for your reading group

What are your favorite novels featuring scientists?

Blogging^

Dynamic Meg?*

Why Brian is blogging

Jeremy’s blogging FAQ

Why should an academic read blogs?

Chill out about Jingmai O’Connor’s criticism of bloggers

Here are the slides from my talk on blogging

The hardest thing about spelling banana, and also about blogging

Ask us anything: is there a place for ‘hot takes’ in ecology?

In which we stop spelling banana

Conferences, posters, talks^

Resolved: debates at scientific meetings are a good thing (interview)

How to decide whether to attend conference X

How often do you travel?

Why network at conferences

How to network at conferences

I have data ESA, I promise!

How to write your ESA abstract even though you haven’t analyzed your data yet

Why the ESA meeting ends with a half day on Friday, and the alternatives

How to ask tough questions

How to answer to tough questions

Perfecting the elevator pitch

Tips for giving a good talk or poster

How not to start your next ecology or evolution talk

The biggest mistake almost every scientific poster makes

Students shouldn’t bother with “student friendly” conferences

On wandering alone at meetings

Put your take-home message at the top of your slides

Controversies^

Why are some ecological ideas controversial?

How do ecological controversies typically end?

Do scientific controversies help or hurt scientific careers?

Contrarian ecology and why we need it

Poll results: here’s what our readers think about some of the most controversial ideas in ecology

Scientists have to present a united front, right?

The one true route to good science is…

Here we go again – the planet is practically dead

Questioning the value of biodiversity

Want to bet?

Don’t be afraid to disagree with Dr. Famous; it won’t hurt your career

Data management^

Collecting, storing, analyzing, and publishing lab data

Ten commandments of good data management

My lab’s new lab notebook backup system, part 1

My lab’s new lab notebook backup system, part 2

iPads and digital data collection in the field

Setting up a lab data management system

Doing ecology around the world^

Ask us anything: the research contributions of ecologists from developing countries

Doing ecology in Canada and Brazil

Doing ecology on a rollercoaster in Brazil

Doing ecology in South Africa

Doing ecology in Brazil: the feeling of almost being there (and should we really want to be ‘there’?)

Ecology done and being done in Latin America

Ask us anything: how can ecologists from developing countries be competitive on the international academic job market?

Equity, diversity, and inclusion^

Guest post: How to be an ally

Ask us anything: how to be an ally

Supporting BIPOC researchers in ecology and evolutionary biology

Poll: parental leave and CVs

Poll results: Good news! Listing parental or family leave on your CV seems more likely to help than to hurt. More committees should give applicants opportunities to list major life events.

Guest Post: What not to say to a pregnant colleague

I am a scientist. Ask me what I do, not where I am from “originally”

“Illegal” questions at job interviews

Sexual harassment changed my career path, even though I wasn’t the target of the harassment

Choosing reviewers, recognition not recall, and why lists like DiversifyEEB are useful

If there were no barriers to men’s participation, we would all be doing it: a unique perspective on how to be a male ally to women in ecology

Guest post: The day I broke some twitter feeds: insights into sexism in academia, Part 1

Guest post: The day I broke some twitter feeds: insights into sexism in academia, Part 2

How changing our healthcare system impacts science: my experience as a postdoc looking for insurance

Musings on the culture of ecology

Does gender influence when people first apply for faculty jobs?

Redacted ecology faculty search (UPDATED)

Plumbing advice for the leaky pipeline (guest post)

Do gender and imposter syndrome influence where scientists submit their manuscripts?

Neil deGrasse Tyson on stereotypes, societal expectations, and women and minorities in science

When a series of entirely reasonable decisions leads to biased outcomes: thoughts on the Waterman Award

Stereotype threat: A summary of the problem

Countering stereotype threat

Stereotype threat and ally work

Sexual harassment and rape in field sciences, part II

Serial bullies: an academic failing and the need for crowdsourced truth telling

Equity and diversity targets in science: your thoughts please

Equity and diversity targets in science: views depend on identity

My gender gap: is there value in calculating the gender ratio of your co-authors?

Faculty advice^

What academics can learn from business, part 1: the hats a PI (or grad student) wears

What academics can learn from business, part 2: the best business books

What academics can learn from business, part 3: good meeting culture

Prioritizing manuscripts, and having data go unpublished for lack of time

Intellectual property law 101 for academics

What makes for a great departmental seminar series? And how do you fix one that’s not great?

Are you in touch with your university’s Dean of Students office?

Advice on writing reference letters

How I write tenure and promotion letters

How selective are you about prospective graduate students?

Strategies, and reasons, for being more productive in fewer hours

Fraud^

Some data and historical context on scientific misconduct

The history of retractions from ecology and evolution journals

What’s the “greatest” scientific fraud of all time?

What happens to serial scientific fraudsters after they’re discovered?

Friday links: Jonathan Pruitt retraction fallout

One year into #pruittdata, how have citing authors reacted? Here’s some data.

How much damage do retracted papers do to science before they’re retracted, and to whom?

How long do institutional investigations into accusations of serious scientific misconduct typically take? Here’s some data.

Scientific fraud vs. financial fraud: the ‘Canadian paradox’

Scientific fraud vs. financial fraud: the fraud triangle

Scientific fraud vs. financial fraud: the ‘snowball effect’ and the Golden Rule of Fraud Detection (or, should we be suspicious of any scientist who publishes a lot?)

Scientific fraud vs. financial fraud: is there a scientific equivalent of a ‘market crime’?

Scientific fraud vs. art forgery (or, why are so many scientific frauds so easy to detect?)

What I learned about scientific misconduct from reading the NSF OIG’s semiannual reports

Fundamental vs. applied research^

Making waves: can basic ecological research generate headlines, and does it matter?

Why do fundamental research in a world with pressing applied problems?

Is fundamental research a young ecologist’s game?

On science for science’s sake

Grad student advice^

Weak reasons for choosing a research project

Good reasons for choosing a research project (plus some bad ones)

“Double-edged swords” make good research projects

A good idea for a research project: endogenize the exogenous

Choosing a research topic of lasting value

What’s the optimal composition of a graduate supervisory committee

Strategies, and reasons, for being more productive in fewer hours

Musings on reading older literature

What ecology and evolution papers do you read again and again?

On rereading Stearns and Huey’s “Some modest advice to graduate students”

It doesn’t get any easier

The mid-grad school doldrums

Surviving your comprehensive exams

Hardest (or weirdest) question you were asked during your candidacy exam?

Why teaching Intro Bio makes me think we need to radically change qualifying exams

It’s no big deal for your supervisor to write you a bunch of reference letters

In praise of side projects

Tips for meeting one-on-one with a visiting speaker

How to make your graduate student seminar series better training

How to get a postdoc position

As a grad student, I didn’t challenge the idea that one should be willing to move anywhere for a TT job. Now I do.

Grants^

Are US researchers slowly boiled frogs? – or thinking out of the box about the future of NSF

Frogs jump? Researcher consensus on solutions for NSF declining accept rates

History of ecology^

Big concepts and ideas in ecology for the last 100 years

The (r)evolution of ecology in the ’50s and ’60s

The best thing you’ll read about ecology this week: Fretwell (1975) on Robert MacArthur

When, and why, the ecology faculty job market first got so competitive

Stats vs. scouts, polls vs. pundits, and ecology vs. natural history

The road not taken — for me, and for ecology

The history of ecology on Earth-2

The most-cited ecology papers from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s are…

The most-cited ecology papers published in the last 10 years, and why thinking about them bums me out a bit

What are the most important and influential review papers in the history of ecology?

What is the origin of the term “field work”?

What’s the greatest ecology experiment in history?

Ideas about ecologists^

Do ecologists have schools of thought?

In (tentative) praise of shopkeeper science

Bandwagons in ecology

The two kinds of ecologists

Why aren’t ecologists prouder of putting old wine in new bottles?

The fox and the hedgehog

What should ecologists learn less of?

Poll results: what should ecologists learn less of?

Poll results: the many ways in which ecologists seek generality

The unbearable hypocrisy of being an ecologist

On the differences between natural resource and biology departments

The most-cited ecology papers published in the last 10 years, and why thinking about them bums me out a bit

Are you in science to understand, describe, or predict?

Questions for Rich Lenski about his amazing Long-Term Evolution Experiment

William Shockley on what makes a person who publishes a lot of papers (and the superstar research system)

Why do (some) ecologists have evolution envy?

On ecological ideas and their champions

Musings on the culture of ecology

At what career stage do scientists typically do their best work?

Techniques aren’t powerful, scientists are

Who are the most accomplished scientist-politicians in history?

The road not taken — for me, and for ecology

Ideas about ecology^

Is ecology a single coherent scientific discipline?

Sources of bias underlying ecological knowledge

The folk theorem of alternative hypotheses in ecology

What metacommunity ecology can learn from population genetics

Why expect trade-offs in ecology and evolution?

Ecology is f*cked. Or awesome. Whichever.

Trying to understand data without mechanistic models is a waste of time

In a variable world, are averages just epiphenomena?

Questions for Rich Lenski about his amazing Long-Term Evolution Experiment

The meaning and impact of stochasticity in ecology

On ecological ideas and their champions

Poll results: which ecological and evolutionary “laws” actually deserve that title?

Passing the mutualism buck: why have theoretical ecology textbooks largely ignored mutualism?

Poll results: which big ideas in ecology were successful, and which unsuccessful?

The five roads to generality in ecology

The importance of diverse approaches in ecological research

Is my latest paper a super-cool result? Or merely a “cute” curiosity? You tell me!

Stylized facts in ecology

Lost causes in science

Stats vs. scouts, polls vs. pundits, and ecology vs. natural history

Is macroecology like astronomy?

20 different stability concepts

How not to study the relative importance of different variables in ecology

On progress in ecology

An important but little-known fact about compensatory dynamics

Do ecologists ever confuse absolute and relative fitness?

What do you think is the biggest recent conceptual advance in ecology?

Has any “shortcut” method in ecology ever worked?

Why doesn’t community ecology erase the signal of historical biogeography?

Scaling up is hard to do

Experiments so crazy they just might work

Tell me again what “risky” or “potentially transformative” research is?

The road not taken — for me, and for ecology

Objections to microcosms in ecology, and their answers

The microcosm wars are long since over. The microcosmologists won.

No, microcosm studies in ecology are not guilty of “Volkswagon Syndrome” (or, why microcosms don’t need to be “realistic”)

Ecologists should quit making things hard for themselves and focus more on model systems

What our readers think about the most controversial ideas in ecology

Ecological forecasting: why I’m a hypocrite and you may be one too

Are feedback loops ubiquitous in ecology and evolution?

What are the biggest puzzles in ecology?

Ask us anything: is there a place for ‘hot takes’ in ecology?

How science is and isn’t like the legal system

What current widely-accepted scientific practices will someday be seen as unethical?

What are the top 5 “Grand Challenges” in biology?

Do you know what a Type I functional response is? Are you sure?

Steven Frank on how to explain biological patterns

Steering the trait bandwagon

Why functional trait ecology needs population ecology

Ask us (well, Brian) anything: generalities about trait-based community ecology?

Ecology needs a new textbook

The story and lessons of the NutNet experiment: an interview with Elizabeth Borer

Mental health^

The little things

Why I told a room of 300 people that I see a therapist

On wandering alone at meetings

You do not need to work 80 hours a week to succeed in academia

Work-life balance requires planning ahead

There is crying in science. That’s okay.

Life as an anxious scientist

Reflections on the one-year anniversary of my anxiety post, including thoughts on how to support students with anxiety

How to support undergraduates experiencing mental health concerns

Life as an anxious grad student

I couldn’t make it in academia without my invisible support network

Do you know a department/program/university/institute/etc. that is doing something worth emulating regarding grad student mental health?

Journals have a responsibility to ensure ethical oversight of mental health research (and we do not currently have evidence that grad students are 6x as likely as the general population to have depression and anxiety)

There is Shit Going On but it’s not my story to tell

Imposter syndrome and cognitive distortions: some thoughts and poorly drawn cartoons

One way to make academia less anxiety-inducing: Be specific in your emails!

Work at the times that work for you

Good enough

What if my hobby — what I do for fun — is being a workaholic?

Academics are humans with human emotions and problems

Does the myth of the solo genius scientist contribute to imposter syndrome?

Mentoring^

Mentoring plans: a really useful tool for PIs and their lab members

How intensively do you mentor undergrads in your lab?

My strategies for mentoring undergraduate researchers

Peers, mentors, role models, and heroes in science

Thoughts on applying to grad school, for prospective students and their mentors

Things I learned from Peter Morin

Thing I learned from my undergraduate advisor, David Smith

Meta-analysis^

Does publication of a meta-analysis encourage or discourage further studies?

Why do ecologists publish so many more meta-analyses than evolutionary biologists?

How many effect sizes are “enough” for an ecological meta-analysis? Way more than many ecologists think!

Why do so many ecologists overestimate how informative small meta-analyses are about the mean effect size?

Recent ecological meta-analyses don’t cover longer time periods than older ones. Which is kind of interesting.

What the heck is up with the many ecological meta-analyses that have inverted funnel plots?

Why don’t ecological meta-analyses often lead to subsequent theoretical insight?

Mistakes^

The importance of knowing and recognizing the limits of your knowledge

On finding errors in one’s published analyses

Mistakes happen in science

Non-academic (and non-faculty academic) careers for ecologists^

The pluses of seeing science as a job, not a calling

Helping grad students pursue non-academic careers: advice from Anne Krook

Training students for non-academic careers

How my student has explored career interests outside academia

The great escape: charting a career outside academia

A career as an ecologist at a government agency

A career in non-academic research

A career as an environmental consultant

A career in data science

A career as a research lab manager

A career in departmental technical support

A career at an ecologist at a non-profit conservation organization

A career as a land manager at a land trust conservancy

Parenting in science^

Academic Parenting During a Pandemic

Poll: Parental leave and CVs

Poll results: Good news! Listing parental or family leave on your CV seems more likely to help than to hurt. More committees should give applicants opportunities to list major life events.

Guest Post: What not to say to a pregnant colleague

Musings of a very tired, still pregnant scientist

Reproduction is energetically costly

It can be really hard to get into daycare

The logistics of pumping at work and sending bottles to daycare (updated!)

Being “out” as a #scimom

Sciencing with a newborn

Sciencing with an infant, revisited

Sciencing during the first trimester

Postdoc parental leave policies, part 1 (guest post)

Postdoc parental leave policies, part 2 (guest post)

Postdoc parental leave policies, part 3 (guest post)

Parental leave, beyond the numbers (guest post)

Personal stories^

A remembrance of my dad, the best field assistant anyone could hope for

Why I told a room of 300 people that I see a therapist

Things I learned from Peter Morin

Thing I learned from my undergraduate advisor, David Smith

The paper that Ecology rejected that later won the Mercer Award

The great escape: charting a career outside of academia

My path to ecology

How I almost quit science

My most embarrassing moments in academia

The study that almost made me quit grad school

Why I recommend doing your first interview on 2 days notice

In (tentative) praise of shopkeeper science

The two tenures

The teaching job that slipped through my fingers and what I learned from that experience

My first publication: revisiting an Oikos non-classic

In praise of boring local field sites

Why am I a scientist again? The concept of a data present.

The loneliness of the career microcosmologist

Why my papers are like fine wine

The road not taken — for me, and for ecology

Personal journeys towards developing quantitative skills

Public image of ecology and ecologists^

What’s the public face of ecology?

Making waves: can basic ecological research generate headlines, and does it matter?

Scientists have to present a united front, right?

Should you contact news media to promote your own research?

Strategies for helping your research reach a wider audience

Is citizen science about science or outreach?

On what important ecological research topic do non-experts have the most outdated view?

Philosophy of science^

Why ecologists might want to read more philosophy of science

Philosophy of science 101 for ecologists

The folk theorem of alternative hypotheses in ecology

Why don’t more ecologists use strong inference?

The power of “checking all the boxes” in scientific research: the example of character displacement

Why do our null models nullify some effects and not others?

“Null” and “neutral” models are overrated

Have ecologists ever successfully explained deviations from a baseline “null” model?

False models are useful BECAUSE they’re false

Ask us anything: what’s a scientific hypothesis anyway?

Ask us anything: descriptive vs. hypothesis-driven research

In praise of a novel risky prediction: Biosphere 2

How pragmatism resolved the age old battle between rationalism and empiricism (or, what is the scientific method?)

Research programs: their rise and fall^

What shape is the long trajectory of ecology?

The trajectory of ecology: poll results

What unsolved problems will (or should) ecologists focus on in future, and how would you identify them today?

What ecological questions or topics require no further research?

Bandwagons in ecology

Why do some bandwagons in ecology get rolling must faster than others?

On ecological ideas and their champions

Are there Buddy Holly ideas? (or, has any line of ecological or evolutionary research ever been prematurely abandoned?)

What’s the biggest idea ecologists have ever permanently rejected?

Can the phylogenetic community ecology bandwagon be stopped or steered?

Another attempt to stop or steer the phylogenetic community ecology bandwagon

Quantifying the life histories of ecological ideas

What are the biggest understudied topics in ecology?

Citation patterns of classic ecology papers: the most-cited classic is a zombie

On what important ecological research topic do non-experts have the most outdated view?

Poll results: which big ideas in ecology were successful, and which unsuccessful?

How (not) to influence the direction of your field

Sciences, policy, and society^

Science, advocacy, and honesty

Policy relevant science – life on the boundary

Policy relevant science: the unreasonable effectiveness of boundary objects

What it takes to do policy relevant science

Why universities are great places to do policy relevant science

A post-fact world: Part I – on how we got here

A post-fact world: Part II – what our social scientist colleagues already know about human thoughts and behavior

A post-fact world: Part III -what is a scientist to do?

Scientists have to present a united front, right?

Here we go again – the planet is practically dead

Does ecology have a role in sustainability science?

The implementation gap in conservation biology: is math contributing to the problem?

Scientific publishing and peer review^

How random are referee decisions?

In praise of pre-publication review (because post-publication review is hopeless)

Post-publication ‘review’: signs of the times

Post-publication review is here to stay – for the scientific 1%

Pre- vs. post-publication review and procedural justice

Author-suggested reviewers and their effects: data from Functional Ecology

Follow the money – what really matters when choosing a journal

Should old or superseded papers ever be retracted?

What can a journal Editor-in-Chief do to attract you to submit to the journal?

I love that journals let reviewers see the other reviews

FYI: rejected mss often get the same referees when resubmitted to a different journal

What, if any, are the circumstances in which the authors’ background or expertise should inform journal publication decisions?

Citation concentration, filtering, incentives, and green beards

Selective journals vs. social networks: alternative ways of filtering the literature, or po-tay-to, po-tah-to?

A book is everything tweet is not (but please tweet about my book)

What should editors do when referees disagree?

Should supervisors let student authors make mistakes? And should reviewers care?

Tell me again what “major revisions” are?

Writing a response to reviewer comments

Should journals offer a “no revisions” option to authors?

How should comment-reply exchanges be structured?

Two-stage peer review: methods review prior to data collection, full review after

In praise of slow science

Impact factors are means and therefore very noisy

Statistics^

Statistical machismo

How many terms should you have in your model before it comes statistical machismo?

Is using detection probabilities a case of statistical machismo?

Detection probabilities, statistical machismo, and estimator theory

Poll results on statistical machismo

In praise of exploratory statistics

What makes for good exploratory research?

On choosing among different indices of the “same” thing

Is statistical software harmful?

What conclusions should you draw from a dataset when different analysts reach different conclusions?

What’s a “small” effect, anyway, and when are they worth caring about?

Why OLS is an unbiased estimator for GLS

Statistical Balkanization: is it a problem?

Is it a fixed or random effect?

Are the statistics in ecology papers becoming too difficulty for students and readers to understand?

Why saying you are a Bayesian is a low information statement

What are the most important “technical” statistical mistakes in ecological history, and were they all that important?

In a variable world, are averages just epiphenomena?

Interpreting ANOVA interaction terms and model selection

Why, and how, to do statistics (it’s probably not why and how you think)

Why advanced machine learning methods badly overfit niche models – is this statistical machismo?

Ecologists need to do a better job of prediction (part I): the insidious evils of ANOVA

Ecologists need to do a better job of prediction (part II): the six P’s of good prediction

Ecologists need to do a better job of prediction (part III): mechanistic or phenomenological?

Ecologists need to do a better job of prediction (part IV): defining prediction quality

“Null” and “neutral” models are overrated

A novel check on causal inference methods: test ridiculous causal hypotheses

If your field experiments has few replicates (and it probably does), intersperse your treatments rather than randomizing them

Why AIC appeals to ecologists’ lowest instincts

Autocorrelation: friend of foe?

Does peer review ever increase “researcher degrees of freedom” and compromise statistical rigor?

Stuart Hurlbert rips Sokal & Rohlf and the state of biostatistical training

Zombie ideas in statistics: R^2 (?!)

Poll results: how replicable do ecologists think ecology is, and why?

Tim Parker on replicability in ecology vs. the social sciences

Don’t force your regression through zero just because you know the true intercept has to be zero

Statistical vignette of the day as a teaching tool

What statistical techniques does every ecologist need to know?

10 things to keep in mind as you analyze your data (plus a few more)

Questions and resources about structural equation models

The worst forecasting failures and what we can learn from them

In praise of courtesy p-values

Ecologists like robustness checks–especially if other people do them

Teaching^

Videos for teaching ecology

Why I use clickers

What are the key ecology concepts all Intro Bio students need to learn?

An incomplete list of things that blow the minds of Intro Bio students

Organism of the Day: a way to feature organismal diversity and natural history in Intro Bio and Ecology courses

Having an Organism of the Day was only sort of successful

How much do scientists lecture, and why? Poll results and commentary

Challenges of writing higher order thinking questions in ecology

Are our students reading the textbook? And if so, is it helping them?

What should high school students and undergrads learn about the scientific method?

Hurlbert’s classic pseudoreplication paper, and using Mythbusters to teaching undergrads about experimental design

Late semester thoughts on flipping the classroom

We flipped our huge intro biostats course. Here’s why.

Flipping our huge intro biostats course didn’t work for me (yet)

What does modern pedagogy say about field classes?

A curmudgeon’s musings on modern pedagogy

Using Wikipedia in the classroom: a cautionary tale

Ecology is f*cked. Or awesome. Whichever.

Statistical vignette of the day as a teaching tool

Preventing grade grubbing

Stage-setting readings to kick off an intro biostats course: here are mine, please share your suggestions

8 lessons for teaching over Zoom

What math should ecologists teach?

As an instructor, what do you do about the fact that students are likely to share your assignments online?

Using text matching software to detect and deter plagiarism

What ecology labs do you remember from when you were a student?

Tips for relieving student anxiety about exams

Theory and mathematics^

E. O. Wilson vs. math

Theory vs. models in ecology

Marquet et al. on theory in ecology

On the value of simple limiting cases: Lotka-Volterra models and trolley problems

Mathematical constraints in ecology and evolution, part 1: species can’t all covary negatively

Mathematical constraints in ecology and evolution, part 2: local richness can’t exceed regional richness

Mathematical constraints in ecology and evolution, part 3: why selection is risk-averse

Mathematical constraints in ecology and evolution, part 4: dimensional analysis

Scaling up is hard to do

The meaning and impact of stochasticity in ecology

A painless introduction to partitions in ecology and evolution

A visual metaphor for the Price equation

In which I shamelessly use the upcoming US election to trick you into reading about the Price equation

On 50 years of the Price equation: looking back vs. looking ahead

Non-zombie ideas in ecology: how disturbance and environmental fluctuations actually affect coexistence, part 1

How disturbance and environmental fluctuations actually affect coexistence, part 2

How disturbance and environmental fluctuations actually affect coexistence, part 3

How disturbance and environmental fluctuations actually affect coexistence, part 4

What math should ecologists teach?

Best examples of ecological theory anticipating future data?

The implementation gap in conservation biology: is math contributing to the problem?

Women in ecology^

Women in ecology and Ecolog discussions

The two tenures

Academic Parenting During a Pandemic

Guest post: How to be an ally

On getting—and giving—well-meaning but bad advice

Poll results: Good news! Listing parental or family leave on your CV seems more likely to help than to hurt. More committees should give applicants opportunities to list major life events.

Guest Post: What not to say to a pregnant colleague

Sexual harassment changed my career path, even though I wasn’t the target of the harassment

Guest post: Women and relationships in academia: a curious journey of self-reflection

DiversifyEEB: Introducing a new resource for ecology and evolutionary biology

Choosing reviewers, recognition not recall, and why lists like DiversifyEEB are useful

If there were no barriers to men’s participation, we would all be doing it: a unique perspective on how to be a male ally to women in ecology

Guest post: The day I broke some twitter feeds: insights into sexism in academia, Part 1

Guest post: The day I broke some twitter feeds: insights into sexism in academia, Part 2

How changing our healthcare system impacts science: my experience as a postdoc looking for insurance

Does gender influence when people first apply for faculty jobs?

When a series of entirely reasonable decisions leads to biased outcomes: thoughts on the Waterman Award

Sciencing with an infant, revisited

Musings of a very tired, still pregnant scientist

Reproduction is energetically costly

It can be really hard to get into daycare

The logistics of pumping at work and sending bottles to daycare (updated!)

Being “out” as a #scimom

Sciencing with a newborn

Plumbing advice for the leaky pipeline (guest post)

Sciencing during the first trimester

Postdoc parental leave policies, part 1 (guest post)

Postdoc parental leave policies, part 2 (guest post)

Postdoc parental leave policies, part 3 (guest post)

Parental leave, beyond the numbers (guest post)

Do gender and imposter syndrome influence where scientists submit their manuscripts?

Sexual harassment and rape in field sciences

Sexual harassment and rape in field sciences, part II

Working groups^

A raspberry of an idea: how to do inspired science as a group

The secret recipe for successful working group meetings

Four rules for long distance collaborations

Writing^

Some well-known tricks for clear writing

The five pivotal paragraphs in a paper

How to write a great journal article: act like a fiction author

How to write a good introduction section — and tell if yours is bad.

Don’t introduce your paper by saying that many people have long been interested in the topic

How much evidence is there that we should aim to write every day? And are there downsides to suggesting that people should aim for that?

When writing, tell us your biological results!

Up Goer Five: can you describe your research using only the 1,000 most common words?

More examples of humorous and satirical scientific papers

To be sure: advice for writing discussions

Rough drafts, getting words on the page, and the pain and pleasure of writing

Social aspects of writing

Views on authorship and author contribution statements: poll results part 1

Views on authorship and author contribution statements: poll results part 2

What belongs in the appendices vs. the main text of scientific papers

Got a professional editor?

The “always have two papers in review” rule of thumb

Types of ecology paper

Writing a response to reviewer comments

Teaching science writing in university courses

Taking a writing-intensive evolution course was transformative for me

When writing a grant proposal, do you first think of the topic? The experiments? The preliminary data? Something else?

Avoid naked salesmanship: never use these words in your papers and grant proposals

Should supervisors let student authors make mistakes? And should reviewers care?

Should your papers anticipate potential criticisms?

Should figures go at the end of a manuscript or inline? And where should figure legends go?

How do you decide authorship order?

Fun ways of deciding authorship order

Last and corresponding authorship practices in ecology: a series of blog posts turns into a paper

Poll results on co-authorship of papers using publicly available data

Case studies in coauthorship: what would you do and why?

Bad coauthors: how to avoid them, and what to do if you have one

What if coauthors disagree about what their ms should say?

Poll results: ecologists disagree on whether co-authors should agree

Is the PEG model paper an indicator of changing authorship criteria?

Zombie ideas (ideas that should be dead, but aren’t)^

Zombie ideas in ecology

Yes, the IDH is a zombie: reply to Karl Cottenie

Zombie ideas about disturbance: a dialogue

Zombie ideas about disturbance, and the paradox of Achilles and the tortoise

Is Hutchinson’s zombie idea about coexistence not a zombie after all?!

Citation patterns of classic ecology papers: the most-cited classic is a zombie

Is my paper arguing for abandoning the IDH having any impact? (or is the IDH a ghost, not a zombie?)

A thumbs up for the intermediate disturbance hypothesis

Species pools and the fallacy of composition

Contrarian ecology and why we need it

Non-zombie ideas in ecology: how disturbance and environmental fluctuations actually affect coexistence, part 1

How disturbance and environmental fluctuations actually affect coexistence, part 2

How disturbance and environmental fluctuations actually affect coexistence, part 3

How disturbance and environmental fluctuations actually affect coexistence, part 4

Let’s identify all the zombie ideas in ecology!

Zombie ideas in ecology: textbooks now teach the controversy

Zombie ideas in ecology: inferring causation from correlation in a density-dependent world

Zombie ideas in ecology: “neutral” = “stochastic”

Zombie ideas in ecology: “neutral” = “dispersal limitation”

Zombie ideas in ecology: r and K selection

Zombie ideas in ecology: local-regional richness relationships

Zombie ideas in ecology: the unimodal diversity-productivity relationship

Trying to save a zombie idea

The latest on diversity-productivity relationships: getting past a zombie idea

Peter Abrams on ratio-dependent predation as a zombie idea

Is the notion that species interactions are stronger and more specialized in the tropics a zombie idea?

Zombie ideas in statistics: R^2 (?!)

WIWACs vs. zombie ideas