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Leadership skills for early career researchers

A workshop at the BES Annual Meeting 2016 Tuesday 13th December, 13.15 – 14.45, Room 11C. The beamer presentation (39MB). The sheet of questions about you. Do you wonder what it takes to be a great leader? Or question whether you’re capable of being one? Does attending leadership and management courses make your blood run cold? If […]

Global net change in local plant biodiversity?

A fascinating and apparently increasingly vociferous debate about evidence for change in local biodiversity is happening. As well as just being really interesting and important in its own right (i.e. what is happening to local biodiversity), one side suggests that evidence for no change “directly contradicts the key assumption linking experimental results to ecosystem function […]

Peer review in performance appraisals

Some reading below. Or just google it. http://web.viapeople.com/viaPeople-blog/bid/99056/4-Benefits-of-Using-Peer-Appraisal-in-Employee-Performance-Reviews http://www.viapeople.com/peer-appraisal/ http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10000872396390444130304577561170001371712 http://www.inc.com/magazine/19950701/2332.html http://smallbusiness.chron.com/advantages-peer-review-appraisal-method-34573.html https://www.tinypulse.com/blog/the-advantages-of-peer-to-peer-performance-reviews http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225518

About fairness in the workplace

Following a discussion with a colleague about fairness in the workplace, I gave myself two hours to research it. This article proved to be a great starting point: Fairness at work: its impacts on employee well-being, by Fujishiro, Kaori, 2005. What is fairness in the workplace (also known as organisational justice)? Distributive fairness (justice): individuals assess their contribution:reward […]

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25.io/mou www.authorea.com/ simplystatistics.org/?p=3696 http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/01/the-secret-to-smart-groups-isnt-smart-people/384625/ https://jeffollerton.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/what-do-academics-do-once-the-research-is-published/ https://danieljhocking.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/writing-scientific-papers-using-markdown/ http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a63d6b9b98ca61bee8d6e4953&id=801179dde7 http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/mar/05/careers-higher-education-phd-doctorate-employment?CMP=twt_gu http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/tips-for-finishing-your-phd-thesis-on-time/2013831.article hopejahrensurecanwrite.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/jahrenhowtogetfacultyjob.pdf stuartcantrill.com/2013/11/02/10-quick-cover-letter-tips-for-submitting-scientific-papers http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/oct/05/daily-rituals-creative-minds-mason-currey https://www.overleaf.com

Stilton disappointment

IEU Photo-Exhibition

  The original email invitation: Dear Colleagues Share your research experiences, subjects, highlights (even lowlights). When: Either at the Apero immediately before the Christmas Party (18th Dec.) or Happy Hour on 12th Dec. Where: Hopefully the Irchel Lichthof, with photos hung on boards. How: You choose one or two of your best photos, have them […]

Interesting papers 11

Communities in cold regions enhance warming effects on soil respiration (Karhu et al 2014). Road building strategies key to sustainable development? (Laurance et al 2014) Bacteria avoid growing until antibiotic concentrations are low (Fridman et al 2014). Toenail dwelling microbes similar to those found in moist skin areas (Oh et al 2014). You are responsible […]

My first flipped classroom course

Flipped classroom courses involve students watching lectures in their own time, and working on assigned problems in class (more info. in this Wikipedia article). Summer 2014, I and three colleagues decided to develop such a course to teach R and some statistics at a basic level. We were each already teaching our own traditional format […]

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Importance of rapid prey evolution (Hiltunen 2014). Complementarity increases herbivore control and redundancy stabilises (Peralta et al 2014). Multi-host multi-parasite networks are a research priority (Lively et al 2014). Warming can result in enemy release (Fey & Herren 2014). Indirect effects of climate dominate, again (Michaletz et al 2014).