Can we estimate populations from camera trap surveys?


Below is a press release about the Methods paper ‘Distance sampling with camera traps‘ taken from the Max Planck Society. Camera traps are a useful means for researchers to observe the behaviour of animal populations in the wild or to assess biodiversity levels of remote locations like the tropical rain forest. Researchers from the University of St […]

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Functional diversity assessment – traits!


Post provided by Samuel RP-J Ross Our newly-developed method simulates intraspecific trait variation when measuring biodiversity. This gives us an understanding of how individual variation affects ecosystem processes and functioning. We were able to show that accounting for within-species variation when measuring functional diversity can reveal details about ecological communities which would otherwise remain unseen. Namely, […]

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Anchiornis in living color


Laser flourescence of the feathered dinosaur Anchiornis provides a picture of its life appearance in stunning detail http://ift.tt/2lTPfzX

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Writing Manuscripts: The Alternative ‘Guide to Authors’


Post provided by EMMA SAYER “If the reviewer doesn’t get it, you haven’t explained it clearly enough!” This is one quote from my PhD supervisor that I haven’t forgotte…

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Why are ecological niches important?

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Originally posted on A Feathered Reptile:
? An example of a niche model. ?Horseshoe Crab eggs require a convergence of environmental conditions in which to incubate (source: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.2307/1541193). ? Last week, I talked about the decline in aerial insectivores, which…

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Forum 2017


Saturday, February 4th – ODWC’s Lake Arcadia Conservation Education Building directions to location Register for 2017 Forum As last year, participation is open to anyone working on biod…

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Organizational skill? No, organizational planning.


Are you naturally organized?  No, me neither.

About 7 billion people on this planet right now could probably benefit from increased organization in their lives to manage short-term obligations and achieve long-term goals. The good news is that we don’t have to rely on inherent organizational talent to become better organized people. These days, there are tools at our disposal that can help any of us get there.

Auriel Fournier is a colleague wrapping up her PhD at the University of Arkansas. She’s really impressive, and I’m enjoying watching her make that transition from graduate student to renowned scholar in her field. She recently made available an essay that describes how she stays organized, with links to specific tools she uses and a description of how she uses them.  It’s great, and so is she.  Check it out!

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