Tag Archives: motivations

Back to it!

Oh, hey you! Blog. I missed you. I’ve been busy.  Here’s, in general, what I’ve been up to, in the form of an annotated git contribution log: I’m working on getting back into a groove, which will involve some more posts … 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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A fundamental difference of opinion

If you had told me as a child that one day, I would be an entomologist writing a scathing retort to a New England Journal of Medicine Editorial, I probably wouldn’t believe you. First, I’d be confused because I didn’t … 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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#openscience and peer review: write it like you plan to sign it (even if you don’t)

I submitted my first big federal grant proposal last week! Yay for me!1 It’s been taking up most of my time since I got back from maternity leave, and has resulted in a small pile of half-written blog posts saved … 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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Baby steps for the Open-Curious

It’s Open Access Week! What are you doing to celebrate? Decorating the Open Tree on Open Eve? Having a big Open dinner with your extended family? Celebrating with quiet introspection, followed by a Skype group call with a bunch of … Continue reading

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