On Scientific Awards

When I was a PhD student, I submitted one of my publications to an international contest for best student paper. I forget which one, exactly, but the paper I submitted was a comparative phylogeography of three unicornfishes across the Indo-Pacific (Horne et al. 2008. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol.). It was my first publication, and I was … More On Scientific Awards

Two exceptional novels written by conservationists

Regardless of how pro-environment you are, or how strongly you feel about conservation issues, you must admit that conservation can be a gloomy topic. And talking to a conservationist might just put a damper on your entire day. Even an environmentally conscious marine biologist, such as myself, will scan a room looking for the nearest … More Two exceptional novels written by conservationists

Still making haplotype networks the old way? How to do it in R

No matter what anybody else says, mtDNA will always be used in molecular ecology research. There is just something lovely about haploid, non-recombining DNA. And mitochondrial genomes, with around 16,000 bp, are so small and easy to assemble. Like any scientist, I spend a considerable amount of time reviewing papers for journals, and even in … More Still making haplotype networks the old way? How to do it in R

Why microsatellite loci are still cool (free python script at the end)

Today’s post might have been on fads: What are they? Why do they exist? Is there any merit to them? But as much as I would love to ramble on this subject, I don’t have any more time, or patience, to write such a post than you have to read it. I might narrow the … More Why microsatellite loci are still cool (free python script at the end)