GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge finalists announced

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The six finalists for the GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge have been announced by GBIF: “The creativity and ambition displayed by the finalists is inspiring’, said Roderic Page, chair of the Challenge jury and the GBIF Science Committee, who introduced the Challenge at GBIF’s 2014 Science Symposium in October. “My biggest hope for the Challenge was that the biodiversity community would respond with innovative—even unexpected—entries,” Page said.

Linking specimen codes to GBIF

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I've put together a working demo of some code I've been working on to discover GBIF records that correspond to museum specimen codes. The live demo is at and code is on GitHub. To use the demo, simply paste in a specimen code (e.g., "MCZ 24351") and click Find and it will do it's best to parse the code, then go off to GBIF and see what it can find.

Quotes of Interest: Crick (1959).

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As you all know, Francis Crick was a co-author of the Nobel Prize-winning work on the structure of the DNA molecule, which was first published in 1953. He also played a major role in the subsequent deciphering of the genetic code (with a key study published in 1961), among other important contributions made throughout his career. Notably, he co-authored one of the highly influential “selfish DNA” papers in 1980, which is so often cited as an example of non-genic DNA being dismissed as useless.

Today's Spammy journal Editorial Board Offer #1

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Just got this - pretty lame given that, well, I do not do anything related to this journal.Dear Dr.Jonathan A Eisen,   Hope this mail brings you good health and prosperity Fisheries and Aquaculture Journal is successfully publishing quality open access journals with the support from scientists like you. We are aware of your reputation for quality of research and trustworthiness in the field of science and thereby we request you to be an Editorial Board Member of our Fisheries and Aqua culture Journal.

More microbe-themed art - the Eden Project's "Human Biome"

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Just got pointed to this Wired article by Katie Collins -- Eden Project's 'Human Biome' is a gross, musical microbe showcase (Wired UK)Fascinating project that I actually don't think is gross in any way.  From the articleInvisible You: The Human Biome will explore the community of microbes that live in and on each and every one of us.

Everything's comin up peropsin

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(Or maybe coming up RGR). My research activities on opsin have lately led me to peropsin and RGR. These are opsins in the RGR/Go superfamily (a la Plachetzki et al 2007) [Note Porter et al 2012 named this superfamily Group IV, but I don't like that name as much because it is not clear there are actually four superfamily groups].Below is a report I sent to the first author of a paper that just came out. The paper is here: Battelle, B., Kempler, K., Saraf, S., Marten, C., Dugger, D., Speiser, D., & Oakley, T. (2014).

Glyphosate, Roundup, GMOs and the microbiome part 1: crowdsourcing literature

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For many reasons I have been interested for the last few years in how agricultural practices affect microbiomes.

Invasion of the Beavers

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Guest post by John Cherkas Fifty years ago, Dr. Walter Howard presented his thoughts on invasive mammals at a symposium on colonizing (invasive) species, which was later turned into the volume "The Genetics of Colonizing Species." He speculated on the nature of predator-prey interactions, population growth limits and habitat disruptions. His ideas still resonate, but how well do they match up with a certain invasive mammal today.May I bring your attention to some invasive beavers? Our national creature has been making quite a mess is the Southern most reaches of the Western Hemisphere.

Four simple tools to promote gender balance at conferences - guest post from Julie Pfeiffer @jkpfeiff

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Guest post from Julie Pfeiffer.Julie PfeifferAssociate Professor of MicrobiologyUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center simple tools to promote gender balance at conferences 1. Know that you are biased. Identify your biases.We all have biases and many of them are unconscious.

Divergent perspectives on biological invasions: a way forward

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50 years have passed since the publishing of the seminal ecological work “The Genetics of Colonizing Species” (GCS) (Baker and Stebbins, 1965). This book covers various topics regarding the introduction of species to different regions, the effects these movements have on the species themselves and sometimes more broadly on the ecosystem into which they are introduced. After 50 years of contribution to ecological discourse, it is worth examining how GCS can help to address some contemporary ecological questions; namely, how can basic science help inform ecological management?

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