Moving Forward with Ecological Informatics and Reproducibility

Over the last year it has become increasingly apparent to me that ecologists and environmental scientists must take a more active role in providing access to both data and the analytical techniques used to analyze those data. As our studies become increasingly broad, our analytical capabilities must also expand and, perhaps more importantly, we should be able to more easily share and reproduce complex analyses. My awareness of this...

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NSF requests responses to important survey

As you may know, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is conducting a survey of principal investigators. If you received the survey invitation, we encourage our members to participate. More information about the purpose of survey can be found below as well as answers to frequently asked questions. You may also visit the “Special Notice” section of the NSF website, www.nsf.gov. In support of NSF’s mission to promote the progress...

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How to sneak into grad school

After 12 years of formal education (13 if you count kindergarten) and four years of college, one would think I would be sick of school. However, I saw only two options: get a real job and become a real adult or keep going to school. Higher education seemed like the best plan! The only problem there was no clear road map telling me what to do after college. I wasn’t even sure if I should choose vet school or grad school, and if I...

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Will ESA’s News and Views Blog change the way that academics publish their ideas?

ESA’s News and Views Blog is something that is long overdue. Its mission to engage students is especially valuable. For academics in particular, however, the ESA Blog presents some intriguing and important implications and consequences for the process of publication. I would like to encourage some discussion of this. My view is that the ESA Blog has the capacity to become an important domain for peer-reviewed, citable...

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Proud to be ecologists (and students)

When we were introduced to the concept of this ESA blog, we were asked to write about what makes us proud to be ecologists. That got us to thinking, why are we ecologists? Why do we put in the long hours in the field, in the lab, and at the computer? We have entered a field where we have very little chance of ever earning a lot of money. But of course, work is not all about money. And if you’re an ecologist, you have no doubt...

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How is ecology viewed and used?

ESA is exploring how ecology relates to other scientific disciplines. One expression of this exploration is the invitation to scientific practitioners and researchers in related disciplines to become members of ESA. And we want to know what you think. Over the last sixty years, teachers and pundits of all types have used the following quote from Robert A. Heinlein, Farmer in the Sky, Bees and Zeroes, page 121.The trouble with ecology...

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