• Antonia Leckie

Reading around the subject

This year I can certainly say I have spent more time online than most years. Perhaps it was the feeling of being trapped inside in a shifting state of lockdown that kept me more pinned to my laptop than previously. Perhaps it was the start of my own website and blogging space. The end result is that I have found several ecological/scientific bloggers who I admire and follow.

Here are a couple:

Ecological rants

Ecological opinions of Charley Krebs and Judy Myers

“In keeping with our overall objective of communicating about the state of ecological science without publishing opinion papers that clutter up the journals, we have decided to set up this blog. The focus of our posts will be to address specific issues in ecology that affect ecologists, scientists in general, the public, politicians, and the planet.”

These two keep it simple with plenty of easy to follow references to back up what they are ranting about. The blogs generally aren’t very long making it easy to enjoy between emails and easy to follow papers and read up more if the topic is of interest

Scientist sees squirrel

‎Stephen Heard

“Most of my current research has to do with plant-insect interactions and with the evolution of new biodiversity. But when I’m not doing research, I think about a lot of quasirandom things. I blog about some of them here.”

Perhaps sometimes distracted (like by seeing a squirrel) by their own attempts to be more human this blog is quite fun to read and touch on topics often outside of typical academic thinking.

Dynamic ecology

Jeremy Fox, Brian McGill and Meghan Duffy

“We post ideas, opinions, commentary, advice, and humor that we think might be of interest to our fellow academic ecologists and ecology students. We believe blogs can be a great vehicle for serious professional conversations, complementary to other modes of scientific communication such as peer-reviewed papers and conferences.”

The blog is targeted at an american audience but it has some very useful and helpful posts for real life situations. Often you can hear the writers thought process as they ponder through academic questions.

Ecology for the masses

“EcoMass is run by a bunch of PhD students who want to make good ecological science accessible to people outside of science.”

The blog is extremely varied with paper reviews, current topics and expert opinions being the main categories. The posts are easy to read and understand without any scientific background making them very accessible to a range of people!

What scientific blogs do you subscribe to? How many of their posts do you manage to read?

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