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Philosophical discussions in the lab: Žižek criticises ideological ecology

In a recent reading group, QAECO discussed a criticism of ecology from the contemporary philosopher Slavoj Žižek, as represented in two online resources: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/opinion/global/02iht-GA12zizek.html https://io9.gizmodo.com/5627925/slavoj-iek-wake-up-and-smell-the-apocalypse?IR=T Slavoj Žižek [photo by By Amrei-Marie, from Wikimedia Commons] Žižek is a strongly left-leaning critic … Continue reading

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Grappling with reproducibility in science?

As a lab, we’ve made it a priority to increase the standards of our code to align with best practices for reproducibility and repeatability of our science. In keeping with this goal, this week in reading group Saras Windecker and … Continue reading

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Qaeco’s favourite papers of 2017

We asked our lab members to nominate a paper published in 2017 that they had enjoyed. Recommendations ranged from the skill-based (scientific writing, reproducible coding, camera-trapping) to global reviews (plant traits, climate change, size-based models) and some great case studies … Continue reading

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Sense of place: the ecosystem service to align social and conservation values?

Many conservation issues are influenced by a complex mix of environmental, social, economic and cultural processes. At times, conservation decision-making can be complicated by opposing social and ecological values. In this week’s reading group, Anja Skroblin led a discussion on … Continue reading

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Culling animals “ethically”

In reading group earlier this month Linda Riquelme led a discussion on the issue of wildlife culling. This is something that relates to projects a few of us in the lab work on. For example, the management of endangered Buloke Woodlands in … Continue reading

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Life in corrupt science: when metrics become targets

‘Publish or perish’. The overused phrase describing career aspects in today’s academia. Whereas day-to-day work is rarely quite as grim, we all learn early on that our performance as scientists is very much measured by the number of publications, citations, … Continue reading

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Reading group: An Italian wolf in Switzerland

In reading group this fortnight (March 16th) we talked about the social acceptability of Italian wolves in Switzerland based on a recent article available online at Journal of Applied Ecology: Behr, D.M., Ozgul, A. & Cozzi, G. (2017). Combining human … Continue reading

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