We’re looking for a postdoc to collaborate on an NSF-funded project that tests how body size distributions in freshwater ecosystems vary as a function of temperature and resources using NEON data. The postdoc is housed in the Biology department at the University of South Dakota. The work is a close collaboration with Dr. Jim JunkerContinue reading “Freshwater Ecology Postdoc”
In a previous post, I wrote about my journey into learning (and continuing to learn) Bayesian statistics. Making the jump into Bayes would have been impossible without some great resources (books, articles, packages, and blogs) that have come out in the last few years. Here’s my quick review of books that have been most influentialContinue reading “Three books that helped me learn Bayesian statistics”
When I was in grad school, Ken Burnham gave a seminar in my department about model selection and met with our research group. His book with David Anderson had been out for ~3 years at the time (it now has more than 45,000 citations!), but I had zero idea of what it was or whyContinue reading “My statistical journey as an ecologist”
I wrote this for my students last year. They are thoughts I have to constantly remind myself of in my own writing. They are far from universal. I hope they help. Jeff Wesner (21 August 2017) Readers and reviewers are desperate to learn new and exciting science. They are not desperate to tear your scienceContinue reading “How to write a research article in ecology”
Abraham joined our lab in August. He was an awesome undergrad at USD and brings a bunch of experience working in applied science from USGS. We’re lucky to have him join our team!
Wolbachia is a fascinating critter. It’s a bacterial genus that infects lots of arthropods, and does all kinds of things to them that make great headlines, like killing males or making them eat brains. However, it’s commonness is disputed, particularly among insects that live in rivers and lakes (i.e. freshwater insects). So in this study, EricContinue reading “Eric Sazama’s first article is published! Wolbachia in aquatic insects.”
Lauren Henning was chosen for the James M. Schmulbach Memorial Award at USD. The award supports student research in environmental or natural sciences at USD. Check out Lauren’s project here. Congrats, Lauren!
Congratulations to Brianna Henry! Brianna is an undergraduate at Clarion University of Pennsylvania who was just awarded an NSF GRFP fellowship to conduct research on herbicides and wetland ecosystem ecology. This award is highly competitive – only 12% of the 16,500 submitted proposals were funded. She will join our lab at USD this summer, andContinue reading “Brianna Henry is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow!”
Wesner JS, Meyers P, Billman EJ, Belk MC. Habitat selection and consumption across a landscape of multiple predators. Ecology and Evolution. We tested whether egg-laying female insects could detect differences in predator community composition. Because some predators are more lethal than others, the ability to differentiate predator risk when laying eggs can have large fitnessContinue reading “Habitat selection paper published in Ecology and Evolution”
Last week brought great news that our work on the food webs of northern leatherside chub was accepted to Ecology of Freshwater Fish. This study documents a shift in trophic position of common fishes in streams where NLC is absent. The shift is independent of habitat variation, meaning the food webs at these sites may beContinue reading “Northern leatherside chub paper accepted in Ecology of Freshwater Fish”