We’re going to start posting weekly round-ups of links to things we find that are interesting and are quantitative/computational ecology related. Here’s week 1.
A couple of nice papers investigating the ins-and-outs of species distribution models have come out this month. Guillera-Arroita et al. 2015 have provided a framework to help SDM users decide if the modelling approach they are using is fit-for-purpose, and aid interpretation. Through simulations they show that type of survey data, bias and imperfect detection have real consequences for what the model is actually telling us. Ahmed et al. 2015 provide an overview of the current SDM community. They use surveys, interviews and a literature search to investigate what types of questions SDMs are being used for, what publication networks look like, and what the most popular SDM methods and software are.
Events Methods in Ecology and Evolution are having their 5th Anniversary Symposium: it is a one day event which will take place concurrently in London and Calgary on the 22nd April. The day before this, the BES Macroecology Special Interest Group will run a workshop on open data and reproducibility. CEH are going to be hosting EnviroHack in London on 27th and 28th February – this event aims to link a wide range of datasets from environmental research centres.
Jobs Really interesting looking PhD at UCL with David Murrell, Georgina Mace and Drew Purves working on the Madingley Model (a global mechanistic ecosystem model). Postdoc at Exeter for a mathematical/spatial ecologist which involves spatially modelling bee visits to crops.