Modelling success 

@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!

US politics, malapportionment 

regex crash course! 

@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 


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 

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.

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