It has been a (long) while since my last blog entry and I want to write, but I have also being enjoying my “academic freedom”, by which I mean the freedom to pursue ideas. I spent three weeks during October in South Africa (work related to impalas on the road, this time in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and Pilanesberg parks) … Continue reading I am generalist and I like it
About one week ago I was asked to review a paper for a journal which shall remain nameless. I accepted but hadn’t yet started as I had other things on my plate. Then today I received a message from the journal with the following message: “Please be informed that Dr XX has reached a decision … Continue reading Editor etiquette
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?
As I find myself recruiting my first PhD student at the University of Reading and reading the complete dissertation of my soon-to-be first PhD graduate, I have been pondering about what kind of mentor I am and what kind of mentor I would like to be. I suspect there is no a single best way … Continue reading The mentor I would like to be
My last entry was about a paper that I really enjoying doing. This entry is also about a paper I enjoyed doing (skip to the subtitle to read more about that) and how my joy was ruined by the publishing hurdles. We submitted this paper for the first time nearly three years before it was … Continue reading Brain size and extinction risk in mammals: or the most difficult paper to publish (yet)
There are papers of which I am particularly proud because of how much I learned working on them or because I believe they represent (more) important contributions to the literature. Then there are papers that were just lots of fun to do. My most recent publication falls into this last category for several reasons. First, … Continue reading Impalas on the road
There are too many PhD students and too few jobs available for them, yet the system (the academic system that is) encourages, demands, the production of new PhDs. As a new lecturer at the University of Reading I have probation targets that I have to meet to secure my position. One of these targets is … Continue reading Academic birth control