Getting Hired

As noted in my previous post, I will be starting as an assistant professor at Frostburg State University this fall. However, the process of getting hired was not an easy or fun one. I will just share a little bit of my experience and links to information I found useful in case it helps anyone…

New Position

I’m excited to announce that I have accepted an assistant professor position in the Department of Biology at Frostburg State University in western Maryland. The job title is actually Quantitative Herpetologist. As a friend pointed out, I may officially be the only person on earth with that job title. I will be teaching Ecology, Herpetology,…

Mapping Abundance in Streams in R

I haven’t worked with raster or spatial polygon data in R much before, but I want to create maps to show the results of a spatiotemporal model. Specifically, I want to depict the changes in abundance of fish in a stream network over time and space. I decided to play around with various packages for…

New Paper: Modeling Daily Stream Temperature

Our paper, “A hierarchical model of daily stream temperature using air-water temperature synchronization, autocorrelation, and time lags” was just published today in the journal PeerJ. We developed a statistical model of daily stream temperature for a watershed in Western Massachusetts, USA. We outline the major challenges of statistical stream modeling and show how our model…

Press: Amphibian Contributions to Ecosystem Services

What Do Frogs Do All Day? The University of Wisconsin-Madisen Arboretum produced this very nice leaflet: https://arboretum.wisc.edu/content/uploads/2012/11/35_ArbLeaflet.pdf. It outlines how amphibians enhance ecosystem functions and enrich our lives and is largely based on our recent paper: Hocking, D. J. and K. J. Babbitt. 2014. Amphibian Contributions to Ecosystem Services. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 9(1): 1-17.…