What we’re reading- May 23, 2014

Impostor Syndrome
Making it’s way through grad and postdoc communities everywhere, an unspoken inner monologue giving voice to trainees’ thoughts about the scientific process and impostor syndrome.

Predator Conservation
A write up of this opinion piece on how sociology influences conservation of predators, specifically that conservation incentives may need to be different to account for social pressures that encourage predator killing.

Historic Population Fluctuations Inferred through Genetic Data
In part because I’m working on my own skyline plots, papers that utilize this analysis are of particular interest. Skyline plots estimate change in population size through time, which we may relate to other climatic or anthropogenic change. In the linked paper, researchers found that populations of the now extinct Moa were already declining before humans colonized New Zealand.


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