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    11 Sep 2015 • News

    Discover Life – Friday 25th September 2015

    On Friday September 25, the School of Natural Sciences and Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research will present Discover Life! in the Zoology and Botany buildings at Trinity College Dublin. Come and see how researchers are trying to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems and get a highlight of a large variety of internationally recognized research projects! In the Botany Department ask us about how we are trying to fight biodiversity loss, search for new species and reduce future world hunger. Check out what bees and pond beasties look like up close; find out what happens [&hellip

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    10 Sep 2015 • News, Research

    The Skeleton in the Closet

    After a few ups and downs, everything you always wanted to know about the effect of missing data on recovering topology using a Total Evidence approach is now available online (Open Access)! This paper also treats many different questions that people might be interested in (Bayesian vs. ML; how to compare tree topologies; comparing entire distributions, not only their means and variance; and many more!) but I’ll leave it to you to discover it… Back on track, more than one an a half CPU centuries of calculation ago, Natalie and myself wanted to build a Total Evidence tip-dated [&hellip

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    8 Sep 2015 • News

    Vote for us in the blog awards!

    Our blog has been shortlisted for Best Education & Science Blog at the Irish blog awards. Public votes will represent 30% of overall score for this round of judging. So please, vote here if you enjoyed reading our posts over the past year. Author EcoEvo@TCD Photo credit http://noma-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/content/Vote_Riso.jpg

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    20 Aug 2015 • Research, Seminars • 1 Comment

    Microplastics: a macro-problem for remote islands in the South Atlantic?

    Dr Dannielle Green from the Biogeochemistry Research Group in Geography is about to return from an adventure in the South Atlantic where she was hunting for microplastics in some of the world’s most remote islands. Plastic debris can be found in every country around the world and larger items like plastic bags and bottles can have obvious impacts, such as entanglement, ingestion and suffocation of seabirds, turtles and mammals. But even when plastic breaks down, it persists as small pieces called “microplastics” and in this form can still cause harm to a wide range of marine organisms [&hellip

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    27 Jul 2015 • Perspectives

    Advice for new Faculty

    Congratulations – you’ve got your first Faculty position and you’re about to start! So you know you have to put together new teaching modules, get some grants and write some kick-ass papers. But in the midst of the head-down craziness of a new position it’s important to keep your eye on the ball. How do you make sure that in two years time you’ve been doing the right things and can progress at your new institution? 1. Get hold of the promotion form for your new institution, start filling it in and update it every 3 months [&hellip

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    22 Jun 2015 • News

    Summer in the city

    The blog is going to take a well earned summer holiday and will start back again in September when hopefully we’ll have a slew of papers and conferences to report on! See you all soon. Author Adam Kane, kanead[at]tcd.ie Photo credit https://musiccourt.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/summer-city.jpg

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    19 Jun 2015 • Perspectives

    We have no need for that hypothesis

    Scientists as a demographic group tend to be atheists. One survey of members of the National Academy of Sciences found “…near universal rejection of the transcendent…” As scientists are concerned with the study of the natural world they are liable to eschew any supernaturalistic explanations, although there are notable exceptions. Historically science and religion have frequently crossed swords but recently there has been a marked increase in the criticism of religion by various scientists. An increasing number of scientists have become popularisers of their research area and frequently engage with the public; this inevitably leadsto the person’s own philosophy and opinions [&hellip

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    12 Jun 2015 • News

    Photo competition Result

    Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. This time around our panel of judges deemed Deirdre McClean’s entry to be the worthy winner. Her picture of a Rufous motmot adorns this very blog so congratulations to her. Author EcoEvoblog Photo credit Deirdre McClean

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    8 Jun 2015 • Perspectives • 2 Comments

    There is no magic formula…(sorry!)

    I recently attended a mentoring event that left me faintly frustrated and I was finding it hard to put into words exactly why. Eventually it came to me – at these events people always want the answer to the same question: what is the magic formula for succeeding* in academia? The problem is that there isn’t one, and I always feel really bad having to say that. Sadly being smart is not enough. You need to work hard (not 24/7 or anything insane but you can’t slack off all the time and expect to succeed) and you [&hellip

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    5 Jun 2015 • News, Perspectives

    Shall we kill all our bees?

    “Kill all the bees!!”, the modest proposal of Prof. Paul Sutton from University of South Australia is a provocative attempt to convince economic rationalists to finally start counting what really counts. If all the bees were to go extinct we will have to replace them by, for example, hand-pollinating our crops. That means employment, economic growth in terms of GDP and tax revenues: very good for the Economy. Now, the fact that not many economists will actually support this policy does not change the fact that if all the bees are going to be gone then GDP [&hellip