Recommended Reading | February 2014

Many EDG members are busy making their research videos, and QAEcologist
José Lahoz-Monfort sets a high standard with this older video about survival models for a seabird colony. Good luck bettering puffins, you guys.

José also has a new paper out on analysing data on these Isle of May seabirds.

Athene Donald takes a constructive look at the science career pipeline, and later examines promotion criteria.

William McInnes meets a malleefowl. (via Graeme Tonkin)

Here are some important but charmlessly communicated statistics on the shifting demographics of permanent staff at Australian universities. (via @dr_krystal)

QAEcologist Tracy Rout has a new article out that optimises surveillance and control at and past a biosecurity border.

Sarah Russell highlights the power imbalances generated by the ARC and NHMRC’s current grant structures. (via @dr_krystal, behind a paywall)

A journal’s impact factor could predict its articles’ retraction rate better than its citation rate. (via Emily Nicholson)

Another reason to learn R. (via Simon Blomberg)

Learn R with QAEcologist Liz Martin!

QAEcologist Amy Whitehead is back from Antarctica and has posted some beautiful photos.

The kind of scientists Elsevier deem reputable. (via @megcevans)

QAEcologist Mick McCarthy has been immortalised as a yellow-bellied sapsucker.

Recommended Reading | January 2014

The Hairpin interviews statistician Susan Murphy.

The Buckley Ecology Lab is currently located in both Australia and Ireland! Yi Han and other lab members share tips for effective remote supervision, and I think many of them are useful for any supervisory relationship.

Here’s a tone-deaf way to include more women and/or other minority groups in your STEM event….

…. and an even worse way to prove your tenacity in a job application.

Kate Clancy wants to retire the idea that science should be privileged over scientists.

Nature might’ve lost the thread on balanced reporting. (via @SanaBau)

And the journal’s senior editor Henry Gee clearly doesn’t appreciate the importance of anonymity for equity in science. (via @kyliesoanes)

QAEcologist Mick McCarthy goes on to discuss anonymity in peer review.

I am thrilled to see an academic include reading novels and getting 8-9 hours sleeps per night in their advice for a productive work day.