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  1. The move is done now. Let me know if you have any questions about how this new Groups feature works.
  2. The move is done now. Let me know if you have any questions about how this new Groups feature works.
  3. Recently we started using a new application on OE called Groups. As a result, you now see a Groups tab on the navigation menu above. With this application, users can start their own sub-communities on OE, like this RFID Working Group. Several new groups have already been created, and more are on the way. I a now beginning to transition our existing groups to this new app. On Friday February 15 I will pull the trigger and have this forum moved over to the Groups app. Here is what to expect: The forum will be moved from the Forums page to the Groups page. When you click on Groups in the navigation menu, you will see a list of groups, including the new RFID Working Group. When you click on the group, there will be a home page, a members page, and a forum page. The forum page will look just like the current one does. All the past forum topics will be there too. Anybody who is signed up for notifications on the current forum will be added to the new group and your personal notification settings for the forum will be maintained as they currently are. Eli Bridge will be the owner of the group, and the moderator. If anybody else wants to help moderate, talk to Eli. If anybody has any questions or concerns, please reply to this message or contact me directly. And if anybody has an I can use as either a logo or a banner for the new group, please send it to me.
  4. Recently we started using a new application on OE called Groups. As a result, you now see a Groups tab on the navigation menu above. With this application, users can start their own sub-communities on OE, like this Geolocator Discussion & Support group. Several new groups have already been created, and more are on the way. I a now beginning to transition our existing groups to this new app. On Friday February 15 I will pull the trigger and have this forum moved over to the Groups app. Here is what to expect: The forum will be moved from the Forums page to the Groups page. When you click on Groups in the navigation menu, you will see a list of groups, including the new Geolocator Discussion & Support group. When you click on the group, there will be a home page, a members page, and a forum page. The forum page will look just like the current one does. All the past forum topics will be there too. Anybody who is signed up for notifications on the current forum will be added to the new group and your personal notification settings for the forum will be maintained as they currently are. Eli Bridge will be the owner of the group, and the moderator. If anybody else wants to help moderate, talk to Eli. If anybody has any questions or concerns, please reply to this message or contact me directly. And if anybody has an I can use as either a logo or a banner for the new group, please send it to me.
  5. ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Dr. Dustin H. Ranglack <privateemail17146@community.esa.org> Date: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 1:13 PM Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Two Biology Faculty Positions at the University of Nebraska - Kearney To: ECOLOG-L@community.esa.org <ECOLOG-L@community.esa.org> Hi All- My department is advertising for two tenure track faculty positions to begin Fall 2019. The announcements (below) are very broadly defined as we are hoping for applicants with a wide range of skills, but expertise in areas of ecology, evolution, biostatistics, and/or STEM education and outreach are of particular need. One of the positions will participate in a currently funded Corn Root Microbiome grant for the first two years of employment, but the person does not need expertise in corn root microbiomes, they just need some skill that can be applied to the grant (statistics, STEM outreach and/or education, etc.). These are primarily teaching positions (2-3 courses per semester), but there is strong support for developing an active research program with MS and undergraduate students. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me directly: ranglackdh@unk.edu. I hope that you will forward this on as far and wide as possible. Cheers, Dustin Associate/Assistant Professor (Ecology), Biology, 55511 Job Description or Duties: We are seeking applicants with experience and expertise in the areas of ecology, evolution, biostatistics and/or STEM education and outreach. Duties will include teaching on-campus undergraduate and graduate courses and online graduate courses depending on the needs in the department, creating a successful independent research program involving students, and performing service to the department, university, and profession. Must have demonstrated proficiency in teaching and the ability to develop an externally funded research program that involves undergraduate students. Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in biology or relevant area, two recent publications in peer-reviewed journals, and teaching experience. Preferred Qualifications: Post-doctoral experience; strong background in quantitative skills (e.g., biological statistics); ability and desire to teach a course in Evolution, experience mentoring undergraduate student research; skill in online course delivery methods; grant writing experience and commitment to undergraduate education. HOW TO APPLY: Application review begins 02/19/2019. For more information and to apply visit http://unkemployment.unk.edu/. For more information about the position contact: For questions regarding the position contact: Dr. Keith Geluso; gelusok1@unk.edu; 308 865 8982. For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8522 or employment@unk.edu. Assistant Professor (Root Microbiome), Biology, 54914 Job Description or Duties: We are seeking applicants with experience and expertise in the areas of ecology, evolution, biostatistics and/or STEM education and outreach. Duties will include teaching on-campus undergraduate and graduate courses and online graduate courses depending on the needs in the department, creating a successful independent research program involving students, and performing service to the department, university, and profession. Must have demonstrated proficiency in teaching and the ability to develop an externally funded research program that involves undergraduate students. Assist with a grant that is examining the role of the microbiome in the productivity of corn. The grant will provide startup funding and additional teaching course release for the remaining two years of the grant, after which the position will be continued in the department with the standard teaching, research, and service expectations for the department. Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in biology or relevant area, two recent publications in peer-reviewed journals, and teaching experience. Expertise to assist with EPSCoR grant Preferred Qualifications: Post-doctoral experience; strong background in quantitative skills (e.g., biological statistics); ability and desire to teach a course in Evolution, experience mentoring undergraduate student research; skill in online course delivery methods; evidence of grant writing; ability to participate in the Corn Root Microbiome grant. Commitment to undergraduate education. HOW TO APPLY: Application review begins 02/19/2019. For more information and to apply visit http://unkemployment.unk.edu/. For more information about the position contact: For questions regarding the position contact: Dr. Keith Geluso; gelusok1@unk.edu; 308 865 8982. For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8522 or employment@unk.edu. SALARY AND BENEFITS: With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate. Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive. The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. NuFlex benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care. The Employee and Dependent Scholarship program is also available to eligible employees. Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA/CREF and Fidelity. The University of Nebraska at Kearney, serving over 6,500 students, is one of four University of Nebraska campuses. Established in 1905, the University has a tradition of emphasis in scholarly teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. Kearney, a progressive city of 31,000, is the educational, medical, cultural, commercial and agricultural center of a large mid-state area. http://www.unk.edu/ The University of Nebraska at Kearney is responsive to University issues which support a diverse work and academic environment. The University of Nebraska at Kearney does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies. UNK is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer. Veterans and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. The University affirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment and nondiscrimination in providing services to the public. University employees, students and others associated with the University who have not received the benefits of these policies, are encouraged to contact the Chief Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator. For a copy of the University of Nebraska at Kearney's Annual Security Report, you may contact the Office of Police and Parking Services or visit the website: http://www.unk.edu/annual_security_report Dustin H. Ranglack, Ph.D. Certified Wildlife Biologist® Assistant Professor IACUC Chair Dept. of Biology University of Nebraska – Kearney www.ranglacklab.com
  6. The new U.S. Nightjar Network survey dates have are here! These dates are specifically chosen to coincide with the nights of brightest moonlight and greatest nightjar calling frequency. These are important dates to use so survey conditions are standardized across all regions of the Nightjar Survey Network. Contact nightars@nightjars.org with questions. 2019 Survey Dates: Window 1: FL, TX, and low elevation AZ and NM: 12 April to 26 April Window 2: Any location in the country: 11 May to 26 May Window 3: Areas north of AZ, FL, NM, and TX, and recommended for high elevation areas in the Northern U.S.: 9 June to 25 June Be sure to time your surveys after the moonrise. You can find moonrise information, survey instructions, and data sheets here. Thanks to all the new and returning participants! Also, a summary report is in the works to show the data supported from all your hard work. View the full article
  7. Registration is open for Transmitting Science course “Introduction to Bayesian Inference in Practice”, May 6th-10th, 2019, Barcelona (Spain). Instructors: Dr. Daniele Silvestro (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Tobias Hofmann (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) Course overview Bayesian methods have become standard practice in several fields, (e.g. phylogenetic inference, evolutionary (paleo)biology, genomics), yet understanding how this Bayesian machinery works is not always trivial. The instructor will outline the relevant concepts and basic theory, but the focus of the course will be to learn how to do Bayesian inference in practice. He will show how to implement the most common algorithms to estimate parameters based on posterior probabilities, such as Markov Chain Monte Carlo samplers, and how to build hierarchical models. The course will take a learn-by-doing approach, in which participants will implement their own MCMCs using R or Python (templates for both languages will be provided). After completion of the course the participants will have gained a better understanding of how the main Bayesian methods implemented in many programs used in biological research work. Participants will also learn how to model at least basic problems using Bayesian statistics and how to implement the necessary algorithms to solve them. Participants are encouraged to think of potential applications of Bayesian inference in their research, which we will discuss and try to implement during the course. For more information please check the course webpage: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/statistics-and-bioinformatics/introduction-bayesian-inference-practice/
  8. Just FYI you can now also render PowerPoint presentations using rmarkdown in RStudio: https://support.rstudio.com/hc/en-us/articles/360004672913-Rendering-PowerPoint-Presentations-with-RStudio I haven't tried it yet but it looks like some of my gripes about other types of presentations are solved here, e.g. you can use columns, and templates.
  9. Hi Cameron, this community is not primarily birders but ornithologists and others interested in basic and applied science related to birds. You'll have more luck if you target the birding communities on the web... or maybe get in touch with a bookstore that specializes in autographed books.
  10. Arctic Audubon Society’s Small Grants Program funds conservation related projects that support our mission to protect Alaska’s ecosystems by encouraging research, education, and management that will contribute to appreciation and good stewardship of our natural heritage. This year, 2013, will be our 10th year offering small grants. In 2013 Arctic Audubon will consider applications for small grants of UP TO $2000. Partial funding may be offered. Proposed projects should enhance the understanding and conservation of Northern Alaska’s organisms and/or ecosystems. Projects dedicated to increasing public awareness and knowledge of conservation issues are appropriate, as are projects that develop educational tools. Applications must be submitted by March 15. All applications will be reviewed and a decision announced by the end of March. High school and middle school students and teachers are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a report of outcomes and may be asked to give a short public presentation.
  11. I've got a kit full of color bands I haven't used in years. I don't think they're Darvic, but is there a way to tell by looking at them? And what size do you need?
  12. Sounds great! I want to get involved but don't know how... I didn't see any links to a discussion forum or email list and no issues on that repo. As a side note, I used GitHub Classroom last semester for my R class Quantitative Biology. Students generally liked learning Git and using GitHub, and appreciated the many advantages that method of collaboration had to offer.
  13. A workshop on integrated population models will take place in Melbourne, 22-26 October 2018. Please see here http://www.phidot.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3649&sid=6940b4bfaebb28429a7be4a90f56a5ac for details.
  14. From Science News: Peregrine falcons maneuver best when dive-bombing at more than 300 kilometers per hour
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