Recomended Reading | December 2015 & January 2016

The ESA 2015 plenary on gender equity in ecology is now viewable online!

In a topical follow-up to ESA, Ian Lunt offers strategies for addressing ‘peak tweet’. (via @justine_d_shaw)

After some ESA FOMO, I’ve begun tweeting about research.

Ramona Maggini reflects on lessons she’s learned about leadership.

QAEcologist Natasha Cadenhead’s first journal article has recently been published, demonstrating the importance of careful fire management to support the persistence of the great desert skink.

Catherine Ross suggests that PhD students could adopt a broader range of communication methods. I wish I’d spent more time thinking this over, earlier. (via Australia’s Best Nature & Ecology Blogs)

Recommended Reading | November 2015


The Age shines a spotlight on QAEcologist Inka Veltheim’s brolga research.

An insight into the ARC Discovery assessment process.

Captain Awkward offers strategies for students and academics dealing with a mansplaining student.

Many QAEcologists are attending ESA this week! Here’s a run-down of all our scheduled presentations.

Finally, I’ll be running for the month of December so keep an eye out for weekly updates there.

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 Chadès)

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!

Recommended Reading | September 2015

Australian wood ducklingIn lieu of any link-relevant pics, here’s an Australian wood duckling photographed by my partner Michael Livingston, while we took a long weekend in Lorne this month. And here’s an album of Michael’s other bird pics from the trip.

This month heralded the launch of the Science in Australia Gender Equity Pilot. Jenny Martin is in the thick of it, and of course she’s got some success metrics to propose.

Jenny Martin also relates three recent brushes with wonder women.

GovHack made accessibility (and in particular childcare) a priority. Here’s how.

Jacquelyn Gill writes stirringly of the importance of publicly accessible science for fostering diversity.

David Pannell asks whose environmental values matter.

Recommended Reading | August 2015

EurekaTeamCongrats to IUCN Redlist of Ecosystems team (3 QAEcologists among them) for their Eureka win!

And congratulations, too, to QAEcologist Claire Keely for her first PhD publication.

UQ has five post-doctoral vacancies as part of the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub.

QAEcologist Stefano Canessa outlines the basics of value of information.

Finally, here is a wildlife documentary commemorating the retirement of Jim Nichols. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jim on several occasions – he is as warm and humble as he is piercingly smart, and my work has benefited substantially from his publications and his in-person observations.

Recommended Reading | June & July 2015

Balloon ChameleonBalloon sculptures of animals. (via The Toast)

Science Careers has come under fire for and removed advice regarding unwanted sexual attention in the workplace.

Jenny Martin proposes that broader merit criteria plus introducing demerit criteria for academic promotion will help diversify leadership.

Scientists of twitter respond to Tim Hunt’s backward attitude with force and wit.

Emotion is overlooked and undervalued in academic science, but Claire Foster brings it to light.

Douglas Hilton has led WEHI to better gender equity, and he outlines their approach in Nature. (via Heini Kujala)

Methinks Science interviewed the wrong person. This guy’s wife rose to senior scientist and “worked far less” while “she took on the bulk of domestic responsibilities” (presumably he doesn’t count domestic labour as ‘work’). How did she achieve success in the face of this inequity?

This Instititute Director doesn’t support the above strategy either. (via Iadine Chadès)

#fieldworkfail has made this rookie fieldworker feel much better about her missteps. (via @ficaryl)

The QAEco lab has a vacancy for an ongoing Lecturer in Ecological Modelling.

And here’s a compendium of QAEcologists and CEBRAnalysts who are presenting their work at the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier, France. Yep, it’s pretty quiet over here in the lab.

Recommended Reading | April & May 2015

Captain Awkward gives great advice to students battling mental illness.

Congrats, you have an all-male panel!

This all-woman panel is just so sorry. [warning for graphic but cartoonish violence at the 2:45 mark]

Friend of QAEco Emily Nicholson has some great tips for sprucing up your CV after a career break.

Jenny Martin offers some explicit actions that institutions and individuals, men and  women, can take on to redress gender inequity in academia.

QAEcologists Stefano Canessa and Geoff Heard have a new paper out that models the trade-offs  in using a destructive sampling technique for occupancy surveys.

And finally, this month we’ve lost a wonderful quantitative ecologist in Niclas Jonzén. As a PhD student in the Possingham lab, Niclas was the post-doc I hoped to become – thoughtful as well as clever, generous with his skills, and endlessly enthusiastic about his own and others’ research.

Recommended Reading | March 2015

(via @pfctdayelise)

An interview with the Chair of the National (U.S.) Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals.

Friend of QAEco Jane Elith tells about her career in science.

David Pannell describes how decision-making processes improve on the ‘garbage in, garbage out’ adage.

The NHMRC makes funding eligibility conditional on decent gender equity policies. (via @DrEmmaLJohnston)

Reasons why Associate Professor Drew Tyre doesn’t plan to take on new PhD students.

Recommended Reading | January & February 2015

WheresWallyWhere’s Wally? Randy Olson has an optimal search strategy for you. (via Luke Kelly)

Jenny Martin muses on metrics, and goes on to suggest a few for rating professors.

QAEcologist Hannah Pearson completes her series of posts comparing traditional and online conferences, exploring professional development, personal fulfillment, and the potential advantages of the online approach.

If John Morgan had his (academic) time over again

… and digging much further back: Indigenous stories capture 10 000-year-old climatic events.

QAEcologist Rosanna van Hespen supplies a neat primer on fox baiting, and goes on to review the use of camera traps for mammal monitoring.

As an ECR, I’m glad to know these things that Athene Donald didn’t.

Universal design will help increase diversity in STEM.

Recommended Reading | December 2014

PolygonParableThe parable of the polygons, or: why we need to demand diversity.

Why do we keep telling stories with scientists as heroes?

The QAEco & CEBRA labs retreat to Creswick.

Tanya Golash-Boza recommends making an appointment with yourself to write every day.

QAEcologist Hannah Pearson leads a comparison of traditional and online conferences, including issues such as networking.

ABC News Online puts the spotlight on gender ratios in science.

A collection of repeat photos capturing ecological change.

QAEco’s favourite papers of 2014.