Just got a paper accepted in Ecology Letters with John DeLong and my amazing undergrads Rachel Allen and Ron Hruska! It's about how a species of protist, Paramecium bursaria, changes shape, but not size, with changes in environmental conditions and resource availability. As it turns out, those changes have all sorts of ecological effects, from population dynamics, to susceptibility to predation by a predatory copepod. A pdf of the paper will be posted soon in the publications section!
I just got a paper accepted in GCB in collaboration with Marie-Claire Chelini, Malcolm Rosenthal and John DeLong, on the temperature dependence of animal movement and its ecological consequences. We found that animal movement displays regimes of temperature dependence, and crossing these regimes has important implications for their persistence in a context of global warming. Check it out in my publications tab!
Ok, I've been waiting on this one, but I recently was awarded a competitive James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Complex Systems! This award gives me funding for three years and I can take it anywhere I'd like to.
My new paper in collaboration with John DeLong, Valery Forbes, Nika Galic, Rob Laport, Joe Phllips and Janna Vavra on the relative pace of evolutionary and ecological rates of change has been featured today at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln website! Check out both the story and the paper!
My friend Esther Sebastián-González, together with group of international researchers from Spain, Brazil, and myself, got a beautiful paper accepted in Ecology on the role of a threatened obligate scavenger (the griffon vulture) in structuring scavenger assemblages in Spain. Check it out in my publications page!
Just got my fifth paper accepted today! This is the second one with my advisor John DeLong, although it was the first one we ever worked together on. This has probably been my luckiest week ever since I started doing science: DDIG funded + paper accepted, doesn't get any better... or does it?
Yesterday afternoon I received a call from NSF's program director, George Malanson, to told me that my Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) was going to be funded! He also told me they all believed my work will be a significant leap forward in our understanding of predator-prey interactions, which totally made my day!
I just got a paper accepted at Biology Letters where my advisor John DeLong and I show how body size scalings in food webs are dependent upon environmental temperatures. This paper would not have been possible without the software EcoData Retriever, coded by Ben Morris and Ethan White. If you never heard of it, here are the basics: the Retriever will not only download data for you, but also help you formatting it, so a task that could take weeks (or months in some cases) can be done in a matter of minutes. And if you thought this couldn't get better, my friend Dan McGlinn is working on an R wrapper for it! Kudos to these guys for making everybody else's life easier!
Finally, my paper with Chad Brassil on how individual phenotypic variation affects ecological dynamics through reducing interaction strengths got accepted at Ecology and Evolution. I'm specially happy because this means I got my first open access paper accepted! I have to say that cascading the paper down from the Journal of Animal Ecology was pretty painless, which is always a plus.