#ESA100 is almost here!

I keep trying to convince myself that I have another week to prepare, but it seems that my ticket to Baltimore for (the Ecological Society of America) ESA’s Centennial meeting is scheduled for tomorrow! Although ESA is a massive gathering and it can be easy to feel exhausted or lost in the crowd (especially by the end of the week), I have to admit that I really look forward to this meeting. Continue reading

Reblogging – How to fail better in the academic job market

A few days ago, there was a great post on some (mostly) common sense advice for the academic job market on Tenure She Wrote. I’ve been thinking about these things recently, since the spring job season of on-campus interviews (I had one, yay!), acceptances, and (in my case) job rejections has just been finishing up. Overall, I think I was aware of most of the advice in the article, and I have been privileged to have some great mentors to help me out. But the blog post seems like a great no-nonsense refresher on things to keep in mind for each of the main steps in the application process (cover letter, phone interview, on-campus interview). I also really like the sentiment from the comments that:

“…becoming one of the top three candidates is saying you’ve done many things right, and it’s probably a matter of fit at that point (unless the job talk was surprisingly bad), so it’s worth a celebration.”

So keep your head up, because a whole new season of academic job applications is about to begin!

EU Macro 2015

Last month, I travelled to the EU Macro in Copenhagen, Denmark. I’m really glad I went even though I didn’t present a talk or poster*. This was a macroecology-focused meeting, organized through a joint effort of the British Ecological Society (BES), the Gesellschaft fur Okologie (GfO), and the Center for Macroecology, Evolution & Climate (CMEC). Continue reading

I survived 2 months of travel insanity!

Since my last post (way back on April 15!), I’ve been travelling nearly nonstop. All of this travel being jam packed together into a short time frame was not my initial plan (or the ideal plan), but was mostly an accident of several good things happening at once, and the end of the semester being a good time to do all of those things! Also, for all the things that academics sometimes have to say “NO” to, I have a really, really, hard time saying no to travel. So what was I doing? Continue reading

Our recent hummingbird study was discussed on the All About Birds blog!

Hummingbirds vie for nectar at a feeder in southeastern Arizona during autumn migration in September 2013.

Hummingbirds vie for nectar at a feeder in southeastern Arizona during autumn migration in September 2013.

In a recent post on the All About Birds blog (hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology), Jennie Miller wrote an excellent non-technical summary of our hummingbird migration study. If you’re into bird watching, citizen science, or animal migration, check it out here! The original paper was published in the January issue of Ecography (open access). This project, and other ongoing hummingbird research in the Graham lab, was funded by a grant from NASA’s Biodiversity Program.

What citizen scientist birdwatchers can tell us about hummingbird migration

This is a public research summary of: Supp, Sarah R., Frank A. La Sorte, Tina A. Cormier, Marisa C. W. Lim, Don R. Powers, Susan M. Wethington, and Catherine H. Graham. 2015. Citizen-science data provides new insight into annual and seasonal variation in migration patterns. Ecosphere 6: art15.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00290.1 [Open Access]

Our recent paper in Ecosphere uses citizen science data from eBird to look at the movement patterns for five migratory  species of North American hummingbirds. Continue reading

Early Career Ecologist Section: ESA 2015 Centennial Mentoring Program [announcement]

ESA Early Career Mentoring Program

**Updated 2/14/2015**
Please note that applying for the mentoring program is not the same as applying to present at ESA. Prior to applying for this award, applicants should submit their ESA oral presentation abstract separately through the Baltimore website (http://esa.org/baltimore/abstracts/contributed-talks/). A copy of the automated confirmation email proving it has already been submitted for ESA 2015 should be included in the mentoring application packet. Continue reading