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.
The Gordon Research Seminar for grad students and post-docs was a success! Awesome job by the organizers Sarah Supp and Sarah Diamond and many thanks to them for inviting me to lead a discussion. I got to see some exciting research from my peers, met a bunch of sharp, awesome people, and got already excited to join next time!
The paper with my friend Rafael Raimundo published in AmNat on the effect of mutualism intimacy on adaptive speciation has now been retweeted 7 times. Parabéns Rafael!
Dr. Nelson Hairston Jr. from Cornell just visited the department. I really enjoyed talking science with him and he gave me some solid feedback on one of my papers in prep. On top of being an amazing, sharp ecologist, he is a pretty fun guy to talk to! Quote from N.H.Jr.: "There's only one world so everything is pseuroreplicated... time to move on guys!"
I've just resubmitted my paper on individual variation and interaction strengths, let's hope for the best!
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Here you will find the latest news about my research. From time to time I will also post a short comment on a paper I loved from a colleague.