The scientific method in real life
How do we science? / Policy / Science

The scientific method in real life

One of the very first things anybody learns about science is the scientific method. Observation, hypothesis, experiment, conclusion. It’s the scientific creed. The motto scientists live by. But, despite the seemingly simple 4-steps, in reality, the scientific method is a tortuous path that can be slow, complicated, winding, and at times, incredibly frustrating. To really … Continue reading

How researchers can be better science educators-advice from a science education professional
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How researchers can be better science educators-advice from a science education professional

Over the winter break I interviewed Chris Anderson of Science Over Everything about how science researchers can be better science educators. Outside of his scicomm blog, Chris is a consultant with the Hamilton County Educational Service Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He primarily works as an instructional coach to educators and curriculum managers to help them build science … Continue reading

When Animals Take Over (Restoration Projects)
How do we science? / Marine Preservation

When Animals Take Over (Restoration Projects)

Most productivity gurus say that when you hit a wall, you should switch tasks.  This is how I ended up reading a paper about beavers who managed to hijack a wetland restoration for their benefit.  So congratulations!  You’re in the right place to learn some fancy philosophy terms and think about wetlands from a whooole … Continue reading

Beating the Grad School Blues
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Beating the Grad School Blues

I am a second year Ph.D. student in the Ecology program at UNC-Chapel Hill. This semester, I have been teaching, taking classes, mentoring, and also working on my first manuscript from my current research. Exciting, right? Well, not exactly. It is stressful and sometimes just hard to keep up with everything. At times, it is … Continue reading

Teach Yourself R Without Losing Your Mind
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Teach Yourself R Without Losing Your Mind

Congratulations, you’ve decided to learn R!  This programming language will streamline data analysis, facilitate statistics, and drive you insane!  And if you’re reading this, you’ve probably decided to go next-level-nutjob and teach yourself R.  Although no blog post can take away all the pain this will entail, I’m hoping to make your experience slightly less … Continue reading

The Value of Invention: 3 Years of the Ocean Cleanup (and UNdertheC!)
Energy, News, and Climate / How do we science? / Policy

The Value of Invention: 3 Years of the Ocean Cleanup (and UNdertheC!)

UNdertheC was founded 3 years ago this month, which may lead you to ask, what other outlandishly successful marine initiatives share our inaugural year of 2013?  The most prominent seems to be the Ocean Cleanup, and HOLY COW.  The last time I’d paid much attention to the project, it was still a somewhat dreamy approach … Continue reading