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A recipe for collaboration

A recipe for collaboration

By EcoEvo@TCD | News, Research

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. Difficulty: * Preparation time: 5 month to submission Serves: 5 people (but any manageable number of people who you like working with will do) Ingredients: An exciting topic: For this recipe you will need an exciting topic. In this case, prior [&hellip

Trump and the future of

Trump and the future of “America’s best idea.”

By EcoEvo@TCD | News

In 1872 Yellowstone National Park was established as the first National Park not only in the USA, but in the world. President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, and so the National Parks were born. Today 59 National Parks exist throughout the United States, covering approximately 51.9 million acres with the goal of maintaining in perpetuity both wildlife and their habitat. Since 1916 the National Park Service (NPS) has been entrusted with the care of these National Parks, and this year they celebrate their centenary. The National Parks have been referred [&hellip

Studying worms - a Nobel calling

Studying worms – a Nobel calling

By EcoEvo@TCD | News

  “Parasites are not generally regarded as being loveable. When we refer to people as parasites we are not being complimentary, we are not praising them. We tend to think that a parasite is the sort of person who goes through a revolving door on somebody else’s push. This is unfair. It’s unfair to real parasites… It is time for parasites to get a little more respect!”                                                        – Professor William C. [&hellip

Listening to Evolutionary Oddities @TEDxUCD

Listening to Evolutionary Oddities @TEDxUCD

By EcoEvo@TCD | News, Perspectives, Research

Last December I was asked to participate in the TEDxUCD 2015 event. The event included 9 national and international speakers with a wide range of ideas worth spreading. Despite being asked to participate only two days prior to the event luckily I could draw on the wide research area encompassed in my new Post Doc position using the COMPADRE and COMADRE databases to study patterns in demography and life-history evolution in plant and animals. As I couldn’t possible fit all the ideas worth sharing from the fields of demography and life-history evolution into an eleven-minute entertainment talk [&hellip

Blog Roll #1

Blog Roll #1

By EcoEvo@TCD | News, Reviews

Interested in keeping up with developments in the world of Ecology and Evolution? Well then, you’ve come to the right place!   Welcome to BlogRoll, EcoEvo’s fortnightly news and views roundup. Every two weeks, we will present a collections of some of the stories and papers that have caught our eye.   In parasitology, a study which was published in Science has found that women infected with the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides over their lifetime gave birth to two extra children on average, suggesting the worm altered the immune system in such a way as to make it easier to have [&hellip

A Nobel Pursuit

A Nobel Pursuit

By EcoEvo@TCD | News, Research

Splitting the atom, unlocking the secrets of radiation, or even leading a peaceful civil rights movement. I grew up knowing that these were the sorts of achievements that earn you a gold medal and an invitation to Sweden in mid-December. I have since learned that the annual ceremony held in honour of Alfred Nobel hasn’t always been awarded to the most deserving candidate, and that sometimes the winners simply stumbled upon a discovery that changed the world. This was not the case with the 2015 Nobel prize for Physiology and Medicine.   Scientists rarely aim for such [&hellip

Back to School.

Back to School.

By EcoEvo@TCD | News

Welcome back everyone. As the dusts settles on a hectic first couple of weeks, we finally have a chance to welcome everyone back from the much needed summer break (for those who got one). We started this week with the exciting news that an alumnus of TCD Zoology, Dr William (Bill) Campbell has been awarded the Nobel prize for physiology and medicine with Satoshi Omura “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites”. Dr Campbell joins Dr Ernest Walton and Samuel Beckett as graduates of Trinity College Dublin to win the award. Obviously, exciting [&hellip

Discover Life - Friday 25th September 2015

Discover Life – Friday 25th September 2015

By EcoEvo@TCD | News

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

The Skeleton in the Closet

The Skeleton in the Closet

By EcoEvo@TCD | News, Research

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

Vote for us in the blog awards!

Vote for us in the blog awards!

By EcoEvo@TCD | News

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