Modelling success 

So i need daily mean temperature data for my phenology model. I have daily data near, but not at, my sites. I have monthly data at my sites via ClimateNA. So I used the monthly data to “correct” the daily data and it worked pretty good.

ClimateNA came out with a new version this week and I reran everything and HOLY SMOKES. When they say they made improvements they meant it.

The site effects in my model soak up a bunch of the weather data error and they are WAY smaller now.

@deejoe Yeah, I know all about Hardin and lose my bananas every time someone says "tragedy of the commons"

I will never not be amused by the fact that the time spent writing grant applications in aggregate far exceeds the time actually funded by said grants

@juno @hambibleibt Yeah it is! And I know of a bit of a resurgence of that kind of thinking in the US, but I don't know about elsewhere.

@wbtd And it's in part because our language echoes other conversations that both do and do not have relevance to forest responses to climate change.

@wbtd I'm in Vancouver! My lab does a lot of work around assisted gene flow and migration in locally adapted forest tree species and there's a lot of controversy and unknowns around it. Like if you move a species north of its range to help it survive climate change, will it become "invasive"? Should we help forests move at all or let nature take its course? When we talk to each other or to non-scientists, these conversations can get real fraught!

regex crash course! 

[] matches any character inside the brackets
. matches any character
* matches any number of the last thing
+ matches more than one of the last thing
⁜ matches less than one of the last thing
• matches dead characters
⟦⟧ matches any demons inside the brackets
⸮ matches your hopes & dreams
¡¡¡ matches
ꙮ ś̵͞u͡m̶͠m̵͢o͏n̨͡s̵̨͡ ͘͡Z͢͟á͡͏lg͠o̷̷
(?=...) this is called a lookahead assertion. it looks into the future to tell if this regex matches, and returns accordingly.

hope this helps!

@wbtd This isn't for a research project - my lab works on "assisted gene flow" in forests and I want to have a conversation about making sure we don't let the language we use to talk about our science be co-opted by the worst kinds of politics.

I'm looking for writing (academic and non) about how ecologists use language like "invasion" and such that mirrors xenophobic and fascist language about people and how this can be a problem.

Boosts welcome

Med school admissions and justice 

Medicine, for those who can manage to get the letters "MD" after their name, is basically a golden ticket to money, job security, a certain kind of power, and even moral authority

However admission to medical school is something that is only accessible to people who have spare time for volunteer work, connexions to good references and high grades (which are extremely correlated with your parents' income)


Whyyyyy won't my model be perfect?

Plants in the city vs outside of it - what are they like and how do they make babies?

How does urbanization affect the reproductive characteristics and ecological affinities of street plant communities?


A little bit of sex prevents mutation accumulation even in apomictic polyploid plants

Adventures in R, memento 

Spent 2 hours tracking down a bug. The line of code causing the issue was commented "i think this might be the issue"

You need to get the hang of reading the online help. The information required is actually there in ?dotchart --- it's just tersely and obscurely expressed. A certain degree of optimism is required. You need to ***believe*** that the information is there; then ask yourself "What could they possibly mean by what they have written that would tell me what I need to know?".
-- Rolf Turner (on reading the help pages)
R-help (June 2013) #Rstats

@paulgreg aw that’s too bad. I wonder if the tech will ever work for this purpose. Seems like a reasonable way to generate electricity in rural areas.

Federal Lands Are Becoming Tribal Lands Again

Ecological justice and racial justice should not be in opposition, for often native tribes are better stewards of the land anyway.

Besides, its their land to begin with, darn it.


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