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After tropical forests are cleared for agriculture and then abandoned, secondary forests regrow on the site. But how do plant species composition, biomass and soil organic matter differ through this succession of primary forest, pasture, and secondary forest? Employing tools of biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, and land-use/land-cover change to examine those and related questions, Erika Marin-Spiotta…

We’re a week into our 2009 DonorsChoose challenge, and as of 11 am EDT, we’ve raised $250 for science education of high poverty students around the country. In 2007, we raised $1104, and last year: “Forty-two Sciencewomen readers contributed a total of $1863 to help 917 needy kids learn about science and engineering.” If we’re…

I’m preparing material for this week’s class on experimental design and data analysis, and I ran across this paragraph which I thought was very interesting: “The cost of analyzing collected sediment samples usually exceeds that of collecting them. However, the funds for the analysis are wasted if samples are collected at inappropriate locations or do…

Remember this summer when I was working on the course design for my new prep on Experimental Design and Data Analysis? We’re now a month into the class, and while it has had its rough moments, I think it will ultimately be quite useful to the students enrolled in it. I’m currently avoiding grading, so…

This job ad from Katherine Hayhoe, amazing climate scientist and one of my favorite Twitter people, is EXACTLY the sort of career opportunity that we need to see more of. The realities of our world are that many of us need or wish we had more flexible jobs – in terms of hours, location, and…

SciWo’s Storytime: Ocean!

In support of our on-going DonorsChoose challenge, this month Minnow and I will be exploring science-related books for SciWo’s storytime. I have to admit, I’m enjoying the challenge of finding sciencey books appropriate for a 2.5 year old’s attention span. There seem to be a plethora of books for the 4-8 year old set, but…

It’s October, one the busiest months of the year. It’s the month with Earth Science Week, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month…but one of the happiest features of October is the annual DonorsChoose Social Media Challenge, when we bloggers and tweeters get to exhort our readers to support public school students throughout…

Reviews and the junior faculty member

In 2009, I’ve done ~9 reviews of journal articles, including two in the past week, and not counting the 1-2 more looming in the next two weeks. During the same period, I’ve submitted one 1st author manuscript, still in review, but probably only going cost 3 reviewers some time. Anyone see a mass balance problem…

SciWo’s Storytime: My Pop-Pop is a Pirate

Last Saturday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day and Minnow and I got into the spirit of the day by reading the only toddler-appropriate pirate book I know: My Pop-Pop is a Pirate by Pat Croce. (Even if you don’t watch the whole video, check out 1:15 to 2:00 minutes for adorable Minnow talking…

Don’t adjust that dial. Starting ~ now, ScienceWoman is officially renaming herself SciWo. I’ve been trying out the name for some time, but have finally decided to make it official and change the way my posts are labeled, my comments signed, and my tweets delivered. Partly, this is an effort to combat Alice’s invisibility that…