Weekly resource roundup: 20th May

I’ve just got back from a couple of days installing gas sampling kit, so this is a bit late, but better than never, here’s the selection for this week…

Surprising weather at Moor House

Surprising weather at Moor House

1.      Multiple to-do lists: Something I’ve been experimenting with recently is using three to-do lists to prioritise tasks. I use three notepads, for today, this week, and whenever, but there are other ways of organising it. I quite like it as a system for getting information out of my head, to make room for more!

2.      Gantt charts: Gantt charts are a good way of mapping out your project in the longer term. GanttProject is an easy-to-use program that runs on Windows, Mac or Linux and can be downloaded for free.

3.      May Methods Digest: online here

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Weekly resource round-up: Monday 10th May

This week’s handy things:

  1. The latest issue of Methods in Ecology and Evolution is available online, and features some interesting stats articles (‘Do not log-transform count data’ for example).
  2. Interesting paper on free and open-source geospatial tools for landscape ecology, previously posted about here.
  3. This blog post features some useful tips for academic poster design.
  4. A few conference abstract deadlines are coming up:
    1. GFOE 40th Anniversary Meeting, Giessen, Germany: 25th May
    2. Organic Matter Stabilisation and Ecosystem Functions, Presqu’île de Giens, France: 15th May
    3. BES Annual Meeting, Leeds: 10th May (today!)

Weekly resource round-up: Tuesday 4th May

This week’s items of interest:

  1. Creating a research blog: This can be a useful way of publicising your research and can be handy for conferences – you can allow interested parties to download your poster, for instance. It’s quite fun too, but remember to be careful what you post. Here’s an example of a good blog.
  2. Journal RSS feeds: These are another way to stay up to date with journals. Most journals have feeds that are updated each time a new article is published – some also have separate feeds for advance online publication. The easiest way to subscribe to a feed is to use an online reader, such as Google Reader, or to use an extension for your web browser such as Sage for Firefox. Microsoft Outlook does it too. In either case, a good first step is to click the on a web page and see what happens.

Weekly resource round-up: Monday 26th April

Methods in Ecology and Evolution journalI recently came up with the idea of composing a brief weekly email to send to students (I’m a student representative for PhD students at CEH Lancaster). I tend to hoover up items I think might be useful to myself and others during the week, compose the emails on Fridays, and set them free on Mondays (because who wants to get an inspiring list of things to look at last thing on a Friday?).

I’m archiving them on this blog; here’s last Monday’s:

  1. The Royal Geographical Society have produced a guide on publishing for new researchers. Although the title specifies the geographical discipline, I found the material to be general enough to be useful. It can be downloaded here.
  2. The new Methods in Ecology and Evolution journal is worth keeping an eye on if you’re into that kind of thing. The methods.blog posts monthly digests of noteworthy methods papers published in other journals…
  3. …which brings me onto a really handy paper published in the first issue of MEE by Zuur et al. (2010): ‘A protocol for data exploration to avoid common statistical problems’. It’s already been downloaded over a thousand times, and the authors publish their R code and example data on their website. Here’s the paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2041-210X.2009.00001.x.
  4. For anyone planning (but possibly too frightened) to get into using R for statistics, the following book reference is excellent: Zuur et al. (2010) A Beginner’s Guide to R. Springer: New York. Available online via SpringerLink – worth checking to see if your university has access.