This is a list of useful resources, mostly aimed at my postgraduate students... (Currently under maintenance)
Equipment | Scientific Writing | Scientific Posters | Suggested Reading | Scientific Methods | Statistics | Data Archiving | GIS | Collection Permits | Teaching Resources | Job/Fund Hunting | Great Scientist Blogs | TED Talks - must watch list | Cool stuff |
Research Equipment information
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Judy Swan, Scientific Writing: Beyond Tips and Tricks (Youtube video: ~1h30m)
The Day You Became a Better Writer -- Writing Tips from Dilbert Creator Scott Adams
How to write a review rebuttal letter/response to reviewers (courtesy of PeerJ)
How to write backwards - an excellent short article by William Magnusson that explains how to focus your paper or chapter. ***A must read***
How to write a scientific paper in 11 steps. A basic outline to scientific writing.
Spell checker for South African species names (in your text editor!) - never spell Gymnosporia szyszylowiczii wrong again!!!
Lecture on Creativity by John Clease: The open and closed modes of creativity
11 steps to structuring a science paper editors will take seriously by Angel Borja
Thoughts on using "however" by Mignon Fogarty
Plant nomenclature: names are always changing, so which source should you use? The Plant List is becoming the standard system for journals, so you should use it too.
Consider uploading all of your Figures to FigShare
Scientific Posters and Presentations
Scientific Poster Design - Good and Bad Examples! (And some great suggestions) (Youtube video: ~10m)
Some good basics from the American Journal Experts (Youtube video: ~10m)
How to avoid death By PowerPoint by David JP Phillips (Youtube video: ~20m)
A list of literature that - in my opinion - all scientists should read (in no particular order):
Vines, Timothy H., Albert, Arianne Y.K., Andrew, Rose L., Débarre, F., Bock, Dan G., Franklin, Michelle T., Gilbert, Kimberly J., Moore, J.-S., Renaut, S. & Rennison, Diana J. (2014) The availability of research data declines rapidly with article age. Current biology, 24, 94-97.
Cumming, G., Fidler, F. & Vaux, D.L. (2007) Error bars in experimental biology. The Journal of Cell Biology, 177, 7-11.
Ricklefs, R.E. (2012) Naturalists, natural history, and the nature of biological diversity. The American Naturalist 179, 423-435.
Sagarin, R., Pauchard, A. (2009) Observational approaches in ecology open new ground in a changing world. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8, 379-386.
Sepkoski, D., (2014). Paleontology at the “high table”? Popularization and disciplinary status in recent paleontology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C, 45, 133-138.
Blog posts and online articles
Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science? by Joel Achenbach
Science’s Biggest Fail by Scott Adams (are his examples really from science?)
For capturing data off figures and images: webplotdigitizer .
CLAMP online : an interesting ecological avenue of research linking basic leaf anatomy to environment.
Canopy calculations: Leaf Area Index. Youtube lecutre by Dr Steve Garrity
Leaf Area calculations (for Specific Leaf Area)
ImageJ software - download from here.
An excellent website summarising methods in ecology: Protocols in ecological & environmental plant physiology
A journal focused on current protocols, a good place to start...
Taking photographs with a reference scale - How to photo-print properly-sized reference scales
What is hidden in your data? Same mean and standard deviation = random points, stars, circles and T-Rex??? Why you must PLOT YOUR DATA!!!
Seeing theory: Designed especially to teach students (and lecturers) about statistics in a visual way!
Bob Hayden's excellent statistics site: Statland
Are your statistical analyses too fancy? Youtube interview with Ben Bolker and Mark Brewer.
Look at storing your data online using Mendeley Data
Need to create a map of sampling localities or some such - use the online GPS visualiser site. Has an amazing array of backgrounds that you can use to make your maps aesthetically pleasing in a short amount of time.
Natural Earth : a great source of shape files, including shaded DEMs for terrestrial and oceanic topography
I strongly suggest joining the SAEON graduate student network where many of jobs and bursaries are advertised.
Create a profile on www.instrumentl.com - this website matches international project funding with your proposed project.
Great Scientist Blogs
TED Talks - must watch list
ARKive is a collection of thousands of videos, images and fact-files illustrating the world's species.
The Oryx website has links to many very useful tools. Well worth a perusal.