Archive for June, 2015

Summer in the city

Summer in the city

By EcoEvo@TCD | News

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

We have no need for that hypothesis

We have no need for that hypothesis

By EcoEvo@TCD | Perspectives

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

Photo competition Result

Photo competition Result

By EcoEvo@TCD | News

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

There is no magic formula...(sorry!)

There is no magic formula…(sorry!)

By EcoEvo@TCD | Perspectives

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

Shall we kill all our bees?

Shall we kill all our bees?

By EcoEvo@TCD | News, Perspectives

“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

Outside hours - working for free and making it pay

Outside hours – working for free and making it pay

By EcoEvo@TCD | Perspectives

Do voluntary work and outreach activities really make much of a difference in an environmental career?  Yes, in general, but not for the reasons you might expect. Picture this: you have finally found an amazing career path that you really want to follow.  It is engaging and challenging and you will make a positive contribution to the world.  But before the excitement carries you away you discover a big problem – other people have found out about your dream job and they want it too.  A good degree is a great start, but if you want to [&hellip