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
- Click here to see a list of equipment that I have along with supplier information
- 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 doing a PhD is often a waste of time!
- 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)
- 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 Medeley 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.