Flump – Ecological methods, Evolution film festival, climate change and macrophytes and more (No Comments)

A scene from the animation "Drift", the winner of the 2014 NESCent Evolution Film Festival.

A scene from the animation "Drift", the winner of the 2014 NESCent Evolution Film Festival.

It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and other stuff) that we found interesting but didn’t have the time to write an entire post about. If you think there’s something we missed, or have something to say, please share in the comments section!

Methods in Ecology and Evolution just released a Virtual Issue with some of their most popular papers, published over the last four years. The papers cover a variety of subjects, such as data transformation, ecological diversity, phylogenetic analyses and how to avoid vandalism and theft of scientific equipment.

Ecology Letters has also released a special virtual  issue on “The Structure and Effects of Biodiversity from Oceans to Mountains“, which covers articles on this subject from the past 5 years.

The ESA blog, features an interesting post written by Bethann Merkle titled “Why We Should Tell Stories about Scientists, Not Just Science”.

Over the past four years, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center has organized a cool  Evolution themed film festival . Here are the entries for this year.  This year’s winner is an animation called “Drift“, which describes the effects of evolutionary drift on an island population. - Vinicius Bastazini.

A new review published in Ecology and Evolution (with a long and impressive author list), discusses the impact of climate change on macrophytes and community structure in the North Atlantic.

Copepods influence diatom intraspecific diversity in a mesocosm study. - Kylla Benes

For US students, the NSF DEB blog has a great post on the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant program

The Canadian Association of Palynologists wants to cover your costs to attend the 2014 Geological Society of America meeting in Vancouver Canada

Meg Duffy at Dynamic Ecology has a pretty lengthy post about running out of steam during grad school. In the post, she highlights a case where everything in grad school seems to go wrong. These posts are great complements to our recent post by Miranda Welsh, who inadvertently killed her field buddy while straining to learn a new study system.

Last, there’s a new meta-analysis in Ecography by Tsukushi Kamiya and others that tries to explain why host and parasite diversity are so intimately linked in ecological systems. It’s a nice complement to Kamiya’s 2013 Biological Reviews paper that gets a mention in this post-Fletcher Halliday

June 26, 2014

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