Tag Archives: bug counting

Passive crowdsourcing- finding the data that people don’t know they’re creating

I have a new paper out! You can read it:¬†Predicting plant attractiveness to pollinators with passive crowdsourcing.1 A while back, my colleague, Doug Landis, was searching the web for pictures of flowers for ¬†a project about native plants, and noticed … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the field: scattered thoughts edition

-When the bugs you’re hoping to count don’t show up for your field experiment, that sucks. But it’s also data that says maybe you’re not asking a question that’s relevant to the system. And maybe there’s other questions you need … Continue reading

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#Otherpeoplesdata don’t always look like data- a tale of soybean aphid and scouting records

One of the challenges we face in my field is that there is precious little data documenting small numbers of bugs. In agricultural entomology, especially when you’re dealing with pest insects, we worry much more about too many insects than … Continue reading

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Regime shifts, ladybugs, and #otherpeoplesdata

A bit of metadata: As you may remember, I mentioned in my last post that I was super-pregnant. Well, in true devotion to my craft, on Darwin Day, I doubled my fitness, and now  I have a new writing buddy. … Continue reading

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Open science and the unsung heroes of biocontrol

Or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the staphylinids and carabids. Today, my student, Shahlo Safarzoda’s first paper came out. This is an exciting paper for a lot of reasons. Number one, of course, is that it’s always … Continue reading

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Dealing with dates as data in Excel

This post is not about dating, as in romantic entanglements, although lots of scientists I know collect data on the dates they go on.* But like dates of the human variety, dealing with dates, as in those pesky things that … Continue reading

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Git and the n00b

Do people still say n00b? Well, I do.* I am not entirely a n00b to open source living. Back in my physics undergrad days, I was, exclusively, a Linux person. Windows was my enemy, because Windows was The Man.** Using … Continue reading

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