Who is Who? Matching taxonomic names

If you have ever used more than one database describing information for a list of species, you probably have struggled with the "joys" of finding the right name matches. I work mostly with mammalian databases (I have compiled a list of many of these useful resources here) and despite being generally well-know species I always run … Continue reading Who is Who? Matching taxonomic names

Phylogenetic trophic niche conservatism: or the importance of high quality data

2016 has been an annus horribilis in many ways, but it has also been my most productive (publication wise) year. Compared to the top, most prolific ecologists out there, my five papers* this year are perhaps pitiful, but for me this year has brought more papers and also special ones. One paper each by my … Continue reading Phylogenetic trophic niche conservatism: or the importance of high quality data

Are these the data you are looking for?

This entry is inspired by conversations and discussions that occurred during the recent British Ecological Society Macroecology Special Interest Group meeting in Oxford (7-8 July 2016). Macroecologists often rely on data collected by other people, which can be compiled into large databases covering wide areas and many species. These data are becoming increasingly available, but … Continue reading Are these the data you are looking for?