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Don’t forget the ecology when you’re doing landscape genetics

Because genetic diversity is influenced by both current and historical processes [88], it may be difficult to infer population processes from genetic patterns in landscapes with a history of disturbance.

Banks SC, Cary GJ, Smith AL, Davies ID, Driscoll D a., Gill a. M, Lindenmayer DB, Peakall R: How does ecological disturbance influence genetic diversity? Trends Ecol. Evol. 2013, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2013.08.005.

Russia and Canada should hang out

Our forests are both going though some tough times.

Kharuk VI, Im ST, Oskorbin P a., Petrov I a., Ranson KJ: Siberian pine decline and mortality in southern siberian mountains. Forest Ecology and Management 2013, 310:312–320.

Forests on thawing permafrost: fragmentation, edge effects, and net forest loss

Picea mariana forests are disappearing into peat bogs.

Baltzer JL, Veness T, Chasmer LE, Sniderhan AE, Quinton WL: Forests on thawing permafrost: fragmentation, edge effects, and net forest loss. Global Change Biology 2013, doi:10.1111/gcb.12349.

Women just don’t like doing research, right?

Lockwood et al. report that, for ecologists,

The sources of [career] satisfaction for men and women are notably different. Women report that they obtain substantially greater satisfaction from classroom teaching (20% of females listed this as a source of satisfaction, as compared to 13% of males), while men derive significantly greater satisfaction from data analysis and written communication.

Might that be because a paper is considered lower quality when written by a woman? If women are rewarded less for their papers than men, it makes sense that they’d get less satisfaction from writing them.


Jeffrey A Lockwood, Derek S Reiners, and William A Reiners 2013. The future of ecology: a collision of expectations and desires? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 188–193.

The Matilda Effect in Science Communication: An Experiment on Gender Bias in Publication Quality Perceptions and Collaboration Interest,” Science Communication, Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, Carroll J. Glynn and Michael Huge, DOI: 10.1177/1075547012472684