Lack of quantitative training among early-career ecologists: a survey of the problem and potential solutions

“Wilson’s Principle No. 2: For every scientist, there exists a discipline for which his or her level of mathematical competence is enough to achieve excellence.” EO Wilson As some might recally, this quote stems from an essay by EO Wilson entitled “Great Scientist ≠ Good at Math “ published half a year ago in the…

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Great online lecture series

I know, lectures are so old fashioned – MOOCs are the new thing. And as I said before, I do think MOOCs, or more general “computer teachers” have a tremendous potential. Yet, I have to admit that I am still waiting to find an online course that really gets me excited and inspired. I don’t…

Back from Bayes

I just returned from teaching a workshop on Bayesian statistics together with Joe Chipperfield in Göttingen. The workshop was organized by the Biodiversity, Macroecology and Conservation Biogeography group in the aftermath of the Macroecology meeting, so quite a few people stayed over the weekend after the meeting, and it generally turned out to be a…

Writing clearly, thinking clearly

Two weeks ago, for the second time in this semester, I taught a block course on “research skills” for students in our international master programs here at the faculty. Topics were how to develop a hypothesis, design experiments, do analysis, write it down, do graphs etc. It believe these courses have been a quite a…