Discussion (EdGE)

EdGE – the EdEN discussion Group for Ecology

The goals of the AdGE meeting are to:

  • Discuss the science of ecology in a fun and informal setting
  • Interact with ecological colleagues among different research institutes
  • Keep up on hot ecology topics
  • Read both recent high-impact papers and classics
  • Discuss career challenges and opportunities in our field

Discussions in 2016 – 2017

March 2017 – What indicators should we use in conservation? Why do different indicators seem to disagree? And what is the role of beta-diversity in conservation?

Socolar, Jacob B., et al. “How should beta-diversity inform biodiversity conservation?.” Trends in ecology & evolution 31.1 (2016): 67-80.

Hill, S. L.L., Harfoot, M., Purvis, A., Purves, D. W., Collen, B., Newbold, T., Burgess, N. D. and Mace, G. M. (2016), Reconciling Biodiversity Indicators to Guide Understanding and Action. CONSERVATION LETTERS, 9: 405–412. doi:10.1111/conl.12291

Dec 2016 – Effect size hacking: experiment/survey design, statistical analysis and the role of effect sizes in the field of ecology

Lemoine, Nathan P., Ava Hoffman, Andrew J. Felton, Lauren Baur, Francis Chaves, Jesse Gray, Qiang Yu, and Melinda D. Smith. “Underappreciated Problems of Low Replication in Ecological Field Studies.” Ecology 97, no. 10 (October 1, 2016): 2554–61. doi:10.1002/ecy.1506.

Sept 2016 – What is the future of phenology research and how can we push the frontiers further?

Thackeray, Stephen J., et al. “Phenological sensitivity to climate across taxa and trophic levels.” Nature 535.7611 (2016): 241-245.

Here is the pithy summary by Marcel Visser if you want to check that out:

Thackeray, Stephen J. “Casting your network wide: a plea to scale-up phenological research.” Biology letters 12.6 (2016): 20160181.

Feb 2016 – How to review a paper?
This discussion provided an excellent training opportunity for early-career researchers. We reviewed a manuscript submitted to the ‘Journal of Shrubbology’, talked through the reviewing process and exchanged tips with three reviewing experts Ally Phillimore, Anne Bjorkman and Isla Myers-Smith.

Discussions in 2014 – 2015

25 Feb: Climate and the Serengeti ecosystem – Isla
Sinclair, A. R. E., et al. 2013. Asynchronous food-web pathways could buffer the response of Serengeti predators to El Nino Southern Oscillation. Ecology 94.5: 1123-1130.

28 Jan: Biodiversity change across spatial scales – Isla
Dornelas, Maria, et al. 2014. Assemblage time series reveal biodiversity change but not systematic loss. Science 344.6181: 296-299.

17 Nov: Linking plant and ecosystem functional biogeography – Caroline and Isla
Reichstein, Markus, et al. 2014. Linking plant and ecosystem functional biogeography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111.38: 13697-13702.

Discussions in 2012 – 2013

29 Jan: Visiting discussion leader: Elizabeth Graham – Maya dark earths and the ecology of human behaviour
Paper discussing the Holocene history of the study site on Ambergris Caye:
Dunn, Richard K., and S. J. Mazzullo. 1993. Holocene Paleocoastal Reconstruction and its Relationship to Marco Gonzalez, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Journal of Field Archaeology 20.2: 121-131.
Wikipedia overview of Terra preta

21 Feb: Special EdGE Discussion: Mark Vellend – The value of biodiversity
**special time of 2:30 – 3:30 pm**
The value of biodiversity: a humbling analysis

11 December: Special EdGE DiscussionThe role of natural history in ecology
3:30 to 4:30 pm, 304 Crew Building
Ricklefs, Robert E. 2012. Naturalists, natural history, and the nature of biological diversity. The American Naturalist. 179: 423-435.

23 October: Dan – What is an evolutionary ecologist and how are we bridging the great evolution vs. ecology divide?
Schoener, Thomas W. 2011. The newest synthesis: understanding the interplay of evolutionary and ecological dynamics. Science 331.6016: 426-429.

30 October: Ally – The pros and cons of climate-niche modelling
Araújo, Miguel B., and A. Townsend Peterson. 2012. Uses and misuses of bioclimatic envelope modeling. Ecology 93.7: 1527-1539.
Elith, Jane, and John R. Leathwick. 2009. Species distribution models: ecological explanation and prediction across space and time. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 40: 677-697.

6 November: Is the future of ecology open science? – Kyle
Wolkovich, Elizabeth M., James Regetz, and Mary I. O’Connor. 2012. Advances in global change research require open science by individual researchers. Global Change Biology 18.7: 2102-2110.

13 November: What are the dissemination biases in ecology? (p-values, effect sizes, etc.) – Isla
Barto, E. Kathryn, and Matthias C. Rillig. 2012. Dissemination biases in ecology: effect sizes matter more than quality. Oikos 121.2: 228-235.
Popular Articles: The Truth Wears Off: Is there something wrong with the scientific method? The New Yorker 2010, How science goes wrong (short summary article) – The Economist, Oct. 2013, Trouble at the lab (full length article) – The Economist, Oct. 2013
If you are interested: Johnson, Douglas H. 1999. The insignificance of statistical significance testing. The journal of wildlife management: 763-772.

20 November: What is Landscape Ecology? – Emily
Kirchhoff, Thomas, Ludwig Trepl, and Vera Vicenzotti. 2013. What is Landscape Ecology? An Analysis and Evaluation of Six Different Conceptions. Landscape Research 38.1: 33-51.
Bastian, Olaf. 2001. Landscape ecology – towards a unified discipline? Landscape Ecology 16.8: 757-766.
Optional: Turner, Monica G. 2005. Landscape ecology: What is the state of the science?. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics: 319-344.

27 November: Citzen Science: How can we harness the power of the lay scientist? – Christine
Silvertown, J. 2009. A new dawn for citizen science. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24:9, 467-471
Dickinson, J. L., Zuckerberg, B. & Bonter, D.N. 2010. Citizen science  as an ecological research tool: challenges and benefits. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 41:1, 149-172
Optional: Newman, G. et al. 2012. The future of citizen science: emerging technologies and shifting paradigms. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10:6, 298-304