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QAECO’s favourite papers of 2018

An oldy but a goody. We asked our lab members to nominate papers published in 2018 that they enjoyed. We discussed these in a reading group session, and the nominations are listed here for you to explore as well. Happy … Continue reading

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What is HPC and why would I use it?

—————————————————————————————————————————————-Given the recent focus of the coding club sessions on all things boab and HPC, we thought a post on what-the-H is HPC would do us all some good. So, read on if you’re curious, confused or confident. There’s something … Continue reading

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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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Wanting to learn about Species Distribution Modelling? Consider enrolling in our online subject! – running again soon (Jul/Oct 2018)

Are you interested in modelling? Are you a graduate student, and your project involves studying species distributions? Or maybe you are a research professional or a manager wanting to expand your quantitative skills? Species distribution modelling is one of the … Continue reading

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Modellers v.s. Experimentalists – why can’t we all just get along?

Are modellers trying to steal your data? Field ecologists not bothering to read your equations? If so, you’re not alone, because the authors in Heuschele et al 2017 share your concern. They reckon that ecological research is being limited by a lack … 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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Is there truly “no saturation in the accumulation of alien species worldwide”?

In reading group last week (May 11th) Hannah Fraser brought the group a paper reflecting a synergy between QAECO interests and her current role in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis. This paper by Seebens et al. (2017) … Continue reading

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