Category Archives: Research Blogging

Simple models can lead to generality in ecology

It’s always nice to read a paper that is obviously wrong, but where you have to think about why it is wrong. Because it makes you, well, think. And sometimes learn something new. So when I see a paper in … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Research Blogging | 11 Comments

Fossils, Fun, and Frailities. And Statistics #isec2012

If I’ve done everything correctly, then at almost the moment this post appears, I will start talking about some fossils. Not, it’s not a eulogy about defenders of the 4-4-2 formation, but it’s about a bit of work I’ve been … Continue reading

Posted in Research Blogging, Statistics | Comments Off

Doing stuff with Ecological Networks

A few months ago one of my former post-docs mentioned that he had been thinking about ecological networks. One common type of network is a bipartite network, for example a plant-frugivore network, where members of one group (e.g. frugivores) may … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Research Blogging, Statistics | Comments Off

BaSTA – More fun than a Swedish sauna

One day, a few years ago, I was drinking with some fellow biologists in “Seminar Room A” opposite the Natural History Museum in Helsinki. The Sibelius Academy is next door to the museum, so we shared the bar with musicians. … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Research Blogging, Statistics | 2 Comments

Species-area relationships don’t overestimate extinction rates from habitat loss

Today at work we had a journal club about a recent paper in Nature that had caused a bit of a stir. It had suggested that the reason we don’t see as many extinctions due to habitat loss as we’d … Continue reading

Posted in Research Blogging, Science Blogging | 8 Comments

Escaping the poverty trap

(I conned GrrlScientist into posting this on her Guardian blog) Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936) Image: Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) Common domain. As an old fashioned liberal, I want us all to be happy, and for the State to play a … Continue reading

Posted in Research Blogging | 1 Comment

On the analysis of proportions in ecology, on a Friday

Last year I published a paper with my friend Johan on the evils of log transformations in the analysis of count data. We went for the subtle title “Do not log-transform count data“. Now, I was aware that this wasn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Research Blogging, Silliness | 8 Comments

Blame the system!

Sometimes the system you’re working on just doesn’t work the way you hope. So what do you do? Write a paper in PNAS blaming the system? Well, a paper has just appeared in PNAS with the title “Bimodal gene expression … Continue reading

Posted in Research Blogging, Silliness | 3 Comments

The Original Red Queen’s Hypothesis

Leigh Van Valen (who died last month) is well known for being an original thinker. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that the only way he could publish his most famous idea was to start a journal to print it … Continue reading

Posted in Research Blogging | 2 Comments

Am I wasting my time?

Physicists have it easy. When they’re not talking about stuffing their hands into their equipment, they’re measuring their fundamental constants to 38 significant figures. Chemists too have a simple time – they get to make stinks and bangs with expensive … Continue reading

Posted in Research Blogging | 6 Comments