Recently, along with Adam Kane, Kevin Healy, Graeme Ruxton and Andrew Jackson, we published a review on scavenging behaviour in vertebrates through time in Ecography.
This paper was my first review paper as well as my first paper written from afar, without ever actually meeting in a room with the co-authors for working on the project.
Preparation time: 5 month to submission
Serves: 5 people (but any manageable number of people who you like working with will do)
For this recipe you will need an exciting topic.
In this case, prior to writing the review, we had often discussed the prevalence of scavenging behaviour through time and what ecological factors influence it.
Indeed, it came as a natural follow up to a paper published by the other co-authors earlier this year on ‘the scavenging ability of theropod dinosaurs’.
More generally, the topic should be broad enough to allow every person to look for anecdotes (did you know there was once a ‘scavenging bat called *Necromantis*?’ and to bring these together in an interesting, more generalised framework. Continue reading “A recipe for collaboration”
Last month, the Zoology Department’s Dr. David Kelly launched his first book of Japanese short form poetry, Hammerscale from the Thrush’s Anvil. At the launch of the book, David invited us in the audience to try our hand at writing our own haikus.
Taking him up on his challenge, and taking inspiration from his book, a few of us in the School of Natural Sciences have penned our own poems based on our areas of study. We even have a contribution from David Kelly himself!
Trying not to sacrifice coherency at the alter of syllable number was a rather new struggle for most of us, but we managed and, I’d like to think, emerged with a greater appreciation for the poets in our midst. Read on for our science-y foray into the arts!
(Paula Tierney @_ptierney)
Yellow red fish eyes
Maybe that’s a nematode?
No, it is more fish
Carbon fixed by plants
Then sequestered in the soil
Helps to keep Earth cool
Syrphidae flying over
Gardens of flowers
Curved claws etching musky spoors
Into the cold night
Aoibheann Gaughran Continue reading “Research haikus”