Insights into Oikos papers

Canada vs the USA: is there an 'optimal' funding level for ecologists?

Context My colleagues and I worked on the top 1% of ecologists project for a long time. There was significant discussion of both the interpretation itself and the implications. We also discussed conducting a social survey of the NSERC Discovery Grant holders similar to...

Provocative new Oikos paper: should we reallocate funding away from the ecological 1%? (UPDATED)

My fellow Oikos editor and blogger Chris Lortie has a strong interest in scientific publication practices (see, e.g., here ). His latest effort, now in press at Oikos, examines patterns of funding and impact among the ecological 1%: the most-cited 1% of ecologists over...

Cool new Oikos papers

Some forthcoming Oikos papers that caught my eye: Tuomisto (in press) is a "consumer's guide" to evenness indices, showing how they are mathematically related to one another, and to partitionings of diversity into alpha and beta components. The take home message is the...

From the archives: the story of my first publication

I'm currently writing a big grant application on stochastic population dynamics. So now seems a good time to point readers towards this old post of mine, which explains how that was the subject of my very first publication, although I didn't realize it at the time.

Cool new Oikos papers (UPDATED)

Lots of interesting papers coming out in Oikos in the next little while. I wanted to highlight a few that particularly caught my eye. In the most recent (Feb. 2012) issue: Barto & Rillig on dissemination biases in ecology. This is a really important study. Barto...

Interesting recent and forthcoming Oikos papers

The editor's choice posts are Chris Lortie's domain, but he's very busy right now and so I thought I'd fill the gap by briefly highlighting a few recent and forthcoming Oikos papers that caught my eye. The current issue of Oikos has lots of intriguing-looking stuff. In...

Oikos article blogged

Over at Distributed Ecology , Ted Hart has a nice discussion of Lima & Berryman's recent Oikos article on positive and negative feedbacks in human population dynamics. The authors argue that the complexities of human behavior and societies create novel sources of...

The art of hand waving

' Hand waving ' in science has a bad reputation; referring to an argument as 'hand waving' suggests a lack of rigor. But is hand waving always a bad thing? If by hand waving we simply mean omitting assumptions or steps in an argument for no good reason (or worse, for a...

'Synthesizing ecology': revisiting an Oikos classic

Oikos' motto is 'Synthesizing ecology'. This has always struck me as an intriguing slogan, because it can be read in multiple ways. It might be thought to highlight our desire for generality. As our instructions to authors note, Oikos strives to publish papers with...

Insights into an Oikos paper

[gallery orderby="title"] I would love for authors to post comments, photos, inspirations, and challenges associated with their papers here. As a sample, I published this paper last year in Oikos 'The small-scale spatiotemporal pattern of the seedbank and vegetation of...

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