Creating Vernal Pools

Calhoun and colleagues just published a very nice review in Wetlands on creating vernal pools with emphasis pool-breeding amphibians. I’m not going to summarize the paper as it’s a review (not too long) and worth reading in full. However, one of the take home messages is that creating effective vernal pools is extremely difficult. The…

Shakespeare and Seinfeld and Salamanders, Oh My!

What do Shakespeare and Seinfeld have in common with Ray Bradbury and the Bible? As the title of this might might imply, they all reference amphibians. Shakespeare’s witches had their eye of newt, in Seinfeld George was desperately trying to get Frogger across the road, Bradbury’s book-burning firemen are emblazoned with a salamander, and frogs…

USGS Mendenhall Fellowship

I’m excited to share that I received the USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship!!! I will be based at the USGS S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab in Turners Falls, MA. It actually doesn’t change my research too much as it was a proposal to work with the same collaborators that I have been working with as…

GitHub Management for Science Lab Groups

I am working to set up a collaborative workflow and version control system for our lab group. We generally have about 10 people and 2-4 that work on any given project. We’ve decided on git as our version control system and GitHub as our site for remote repository hosting. Initially who ever was taking the…

ggmcmc – diagnostic plots for MCMC with ggplot2

Originally posted on JAGS News:
Xavier Fernández i Marín, who maintains the jags package on Gentoo Linux, writes to tell me he is developing the R package ggmcmc. This package is for visualizing Markov Chain Monte Carlo output using ggplot2 graphics and  should complement the existing plots for base and lattice graphics provided by coda.…