Tag Archives: entomology

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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Why the heck aren’t research papers free?

Should all research papers be free? Um. Yeah. Obviously. Scientific knowledge doesn’t do much good if it’s all locked up, only accessible to the rich and/or privileged. When I put it that way, I never get much argument.1 In fact, the … Continue reading

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Spreading the open science love like it’s my job because it is my job.

So, this happened. Apparently, yelling into the void about data management and reproducibility is a very good way to get yourself onto a rag-tag team of open-science proto-superheroes.1 Yes, that’s right, I’m a Mozilla Science fellow, and together, baby, we’re … 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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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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Data management for Bug Counters

I am a population and community ecologist interested in long term, broad scale patterns in organisms that provide ecosystem services and disservices. Less jargon: I am a data fanatic who likes making equations to describe the things populations of insects … Continue reading

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