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Bat tour at Yolo Basin Wetlands

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Did our second evening bat tour at the local Yolo Basin Wetlands last night.  It was very nice.  They start off with a lecture and bat introduction at the Visitor Center and then a convoy heading out to the wetlands and drove way way into the back (the side near Sacramento) to just next to the causeway.  Then we waited until sunset and out came the bats.  Thousands and thousands of them.  It was cool.  Here are some videos and pics.

Saved by the bell

Feed: Carnival of Evolution: The Best of Evolutionary Blogging of the Last Month

Yeah!, we have a host for August. C. Titus Brown (Lab page) has volunteered. It will be his first, and he will host on his blog Living in an Ivory Basement.And the September edition will be at Sam Hardman's blog Ecologica.Phew! that was a close one.

How do journals like this even exist? Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!

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Just got this email.  I consider this almost unquestionable proof that this is a spam open access journal (e.g., I don't do any work in this field ..)Dear Dr. Jonathan A. Eisen,Greetings from the Journal of Immunology and Immunotherapeutics!!!At the outset, it’s your eminence & reputation in the quality of research field for which you have been invited to become Editorial Board member for our Journal.

The imminent death of CoE

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Ten days form now the next edition of Carnival of Evolution should go up. However, we do not have a host...What to do? Basically, without anyone to host, CoE will die. It may then revive the following month, but it's not like anyone has volunteered to host September either.Are you willing to host?Know anybody who might be?Any other ideas?

Turning down an endowed lectureship because their gender ratio is too skewed towards males #WomenInSTEM

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Just got this invitation.  I have edited it to remove some of the identifying factors since I think the specific details do not matter.Dear Dr. Eisen: I am writing to invite you to present a lecture in the endowed XXXX Lecture Series at XXXX Univsersity.  The XXXX Lecture is a platform to allow leaders in the areas of XXXX to communicate research advances to a general audience.  Recent speakers include XXXX and XXXX and XXXX.  For your talk, we were hoping you could discuss advances in understanding human microbiomes and their significance to health.

Host for 74th edition?

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We need a host for the 74th edition in August. Any volunteers?

What papers influenced your journey as an ecologist?

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For ESA’s centennial year, they are running a pretty cool series called “The Paper Trail”. A variety of ecologists write about the particular paper or papers that catalyzed their research path. Sometimes the papers are valuable for bringing up particular questions, sometimes they facilitated the connection of particular ideas. William Reiner provides some insight into the value of this exercise: “What are some of the generalizations one can deduce from this paper trail? For me there are five. First, in ecology one cannot take too large a view of the problem one is addressing.

Is this a new form of #OpenAccess Spam - spammy blog comments pointing to Bentham

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Well, this is very very weird and not sure what to make of it.  In the last week the filter that Google runs for Blogger Comments has picked up a slew of highly spammy comments coming from one account.  And all of the comments include a link to Bentham Science publishers - one of the annoying Spammy new publishers. See some of them below (note I have removed the links to Bentham but trust me, this went to a Bentham site).  Anyone else getting Spam comments pointing to Bentham?

Paper of interest: Whole genome and exome sequencing of monozygotic twins discordant for Crohn's disease

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For those interested in microbiomes it is definitely worth looking at this paper: BMC Genomics | Abstract | Whole genome and exome sequencing of monozygotic twins discordant for Crohn's diseaseSimple summary - they have sets of identical twins where one twin has Crohn's and the other does not.  They looked for somatic mutations that could like the ones with Crohn's and did not find any.  Sure - a negative result.  Could be anything.  But the next obvious thing to do (which they report they are already doing) is to look at the microbioata in these people.

Phylogeny, competition and Darwin: a better answer?

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*Sorry for the low frequency of posts these days – I seem to be insanely busy this summer ☺Oscar Godoy, Nathan Kraft, Jonathan Levine. 2014. Phylogenetic relatedness and the determinants of competitive outcomes. Ecology Letters.Ecology is hard in part because of the things we can’t (at least easily) measure: fitness, interaction strengths, and the niche, all fundamental ecological concepts. Since we are unable to measure these concepts directly, ecologists have come up with proxies and correlates. Take Darwin’s hypothesis that competition should be greater between closely related species.

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