Two New Postdoctoral Positions ! – (1) Macroecology of land plant biodiversity: Niche evolution and ecological limits; (2) Tropical Ecology: Experimental Trait-based ecology of tropical forest ecosystems

The Enquist lab has positions for two new postdoctoral positions to start fall 2016 (1) Postdoctoral Position –  Macroecology of land plant biodiversity: Niche evolution and ecological limits. The College of Science at the University of Arizona is seeking to fill a position in Plant Macroecology and trait-based niche evolution.  This position, funded by the National Science Foundation,…

Even the best ecoinformatics tool requires a skilled hand: Best practices for taxonomic name resolution in biodiversity science

Even the best ecoinformatics tool requires a skilled hand: Best practices for taxonomic name resolution in biodiversity science Increasingly, informatics approaches in biology and ecology are realizing that ‘Names are key to the big new biology‘. Did you know that in many large biological, ecological, and evolutionary datasets and databases contained on the order of…

New! Postdoctoral position in Tropical Forest Ecology, Trait-based ecology, and Macroecology at the University of Arizona. Starting late 2015/2016

New! Postdoctoral position in Tropical Forest Ecology, Trait-based ecology, and Macroecology at the University of Arizona. Starting late 2015/2016 A two-year post-doctoral position is available (start date flexible, can start as early as Fall 2016) in the group of Dr. Brian Enquist (https://brianjenquist.wordpress.com) in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of…

A plea for reasoned reviewers – advice for writing a review

How to be a good reviewer (a view from an editor) I’m on the editorial board of two journals and over the years have seen many reviews come in. What I have been impressed with is the overall quality of the reviews. Many of you are excellent and constructive reviewers. I have consistently learned from you…

New approach to predicting climate from leaf traits . . .

How much can a leaf tell you about the environment in which is grows?  Can ecology become more predictive? We have been working on a variety of approaches to assess the ‘predictive nature’ of leaves. The idea is that that the constellation of traits that define a leaf actually reflect a set of coordinated shifts to…