Recommended Reading | October 2015

KateCranneyQAEcologist and artist Kate Cranney speaks to Ian Lunt for Wild Melbourne. (Pictured above is her work ‘Mistletoe and the Groper Grow’, drawn while she was on the Torres Strait.)

Few PhD graduates end up in permanent academic positions, so PhD skills need to be transferable to other careers (some secretly already are!). (via Inka Veltheim)

MEE offers their dos and don’ts for suggesting preferred reviewers. I’ve never even thought to discuss my reasoning in my cover letter. (via Iadine Chad├Ęs)

Kerrie Wilson and Salit Kirk relate their experiences in a leadership program for up-and-coming academic women.

Huge congratulations to QAEcologist Jane Elith, 2015 Life Scientist of the Year!

12th Annual Jane Elith Culinary Competition

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Anyone can see that Jane Elith is an accomplished quantitative ecologist, but she’s also earned a reputation as a warm and generous colleague. This is why, for more than a decade, Jane’s research lab has celebrated her birthday with a culinary competition.

Mark Burgman has been known to brag for weeks of his ‘secret weapon this year’, others share family recipes or recent fancies, and a few creative types focus on striking presentation. Everyone gets to know each other better over a fabulous lunch, and a few lucky entrants win prizes like plastic dinosaur figurines, lemon-juicing gadgets, and grape-flavoured marshmallows.

Here’s a slide show of the 2015 proceedings, held on Monday October 12. Congratulations to this year’s Grand Prize Winner Yung En Chee, for her hand-crafted onigiri and trio of Japanese-style pickles.