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Daniel Montesinos
Works at Web Ecology
Attended Universitat de València
Lives in Coimbra, Portugal
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A Nerd's Manifesto by the First Man on the Moon.
"Science is about what is. Engineering is about what can be." Go engineers!
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25 years of World Wide Web!

Yeah, before the web it was "a lot of fun" to skim though all those Current Contents booklets. Thank God the CD's came (2-4 per year?) and made bibliographic searches "easier"! :P
The World Wide Web turns 25 today! Share your memories of what life was like before the web and how things have improved since then—then sign up to protect it:  #Web25
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“Nothing makes exploitation go down easier than convincing workers that they are doing what they love.”

"Though university administrators may not want to hear me say it, we need to encourage people to become less productive. Make time to not work. Make time to think. Make time simply to be."

"Work that is “fun” is often not perceived as real work. Academics may be busy, but, hey, we’re doing what we love, so we can’t really complain, right? We can and we should. As Miya Tokumitsu recently wrote, the “Do What You Love” mantra “may be the most elegant anti-worker ideology around,” and it’s particularly pervasive in academe: Few other professions fuse the personal identity of their workers so intimately with the work output. This intense identification partly explains why so many proudly left-leaning faculty remain oddly silent about the working conditions of their peers. Because academic research should be done out of pure love, the actual conditions of and compensation for this labor become afterthoughts, if they are considered at all."

"For Bowles, postponed checkups (too busy!) meant that she did not discover her breast cancer until it was fairly advanced. (She’s had surgery, is undergoing chemo, and is taking things one treatment at a time.)"

"Peter Higgs, who won the Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the Higgs boson, recently said that the imperative to publish all the time would disqualify him from contemporary academe. “Today I wouldn't get an academic job. It’s as simple as that. I don't think I would be regarded as productive enough,” he observed. “It’s difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace and quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964.”"
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This is what happens to your follower history when you publish about the science of female genitalia on +Google+

I am a scientist and regularly publish about science on Google+. Although my primary field is plant ecology, occasionally I post about other areas. A couple of months ago (Dec. 10, 2013) I found a really interesting article on the Huffington Post about the little that science knows about the female genitalia, and how most of what we know has been discovered only in the last 15 years (seriously).

Among other interesting scientific facts, I learnt that the female clitoris is a really large organ, larger than the male penis, although most of it is internal and thus this was mostly unknown until 1998. The article described not only that and other scientific facts but also a witty and smart initiative by artist +Sophia Wallace around the newly coined term #cliteracy . So you could say that my post comprised both natural and social sciences.

To my surprise, from the day I published this, I suddenly stopped getting new followers. +CircleCount shows my follower history and how I went from getting 2000 new followers every month... to nearly nothing. As far as I could tell I was still in the same circles that I previously was, so I am suspecting that +Google+ itself did something that hindered people from seeing my profile and posts as widely as they were being seen previously.

I am not making my living out of +Google+ , so this is trivial for me, but it shocks me that openly pornographic profiles get more followers than I do. I live in Portugal, and my profile is ranked among the 50 most followed profiles in the country, however, two openly pornographic profiles "Paula Ardente" , and "Susana Linda", rank higher than mine. Not that I want to be judgemental about their activities, but I can't help but to find the whole thing very ironic. This seems to be representative of what +Google+ and we, as a society, really promote when it comes to #cliteracy

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Pictures sell eye balls, but in this world, the dollar value of that to you is zero. So If it makes you feel better +Daniel Montesinos , you may have no follower growth but you attract people who like the same things. Consider opening a blogger account and merging g+ with blogger. I'm doing that with finance/stocks now.
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Happy Darwin's Day!

Two hundred and five years ago, the father of modern biology was born. Nature has a special issue to commemorate. Have a look to it!

"The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Robert Darwin falls on 12 February 2009. No single researcher has since matched his collective impact on the natural and social sciences; on politics, religions, and philosophy; on art and cultural relations. In this landmark year, our Nature news special provides continuously updated news, research and analysis on Darwin's life, his science and his legacy."
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The importance of parenting on science education

As an early reader of Cousteau works I feel deeply connected to the author of this short blog post. For Spaniards, both Cousteau and Félix Rodriguez de la Fuente marked a generation of future biologists (

I particularly like the author's parallelism between "gene load" and "gene expression", exemplifying how good parenting can be decisive in awakening a latent vocation for science. Of course the same could be said about a vocation for sports, engineering, or any other vocational career.

I feel like we should expose our children to as much different role models as we can, so they can choose which one is right for them. Don't you think?
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The ever expanding tree of life
Have a great week, all you evilutionists!
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Thank you SO MUCH for posting this.  Can't wait to share it with my 9 and 11-year old daughters!
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It turns out vitamin C supplements do nothing for your health!

"Study after study has shown that vitamin C does nothing to prevent common cold, a misbelief that dates to a theoretical suggestion made by a scientist in the 1970's."

"The vast majority of vitamins and mineral supplements are simply not worth taking. Enough is enough: stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements"

Only the use of garlic, zinc, yoghurt, and vitamin B3 have strong evidence supporting its use as a supplement. Vitamin D mignt help you too. Promisingly, chocolate is a runner up! 😊

Check the fancy interactive graphic at Information is beautiful. Read the full article here:
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In my opinion:The food that we eat has a lot less nutritional value and minerals in it today than it had in the past due to over farming and other factors. The soil is being depleted of important trace minerals. Most adults would be smart to add , at the very least, a comprehensive daily multi-vitamin/multi-minerals supplement.  One of the biggest problems with peoples health today is the vast amount of chemicals and harmful ingredients that they put on their bodies with their personal care and cosmetics choices.  Also, referring to multilevel marketing as a "scheme" shows your lack of knowledge about the industry. There are bad ones and good ones and network marketing companies have traditionally been on the forefront in nutritional discoveries and research. 
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Global Forest Change

A map based on the difference in forest presence and conservation (gain, loss) between 2000 and 2012, based on 654,178 high resolution Landsat images which provide with a resolution down to only 5 m. And you can search by region, town, even by street!. You can even download the data! So awesome. Thank you guys at The University of Maryland!
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Mind-blowing compillation of maps

Can't resist to share this. From vegetation patterns and population densities to internet or oil traffic. Each of these maps made me realize something about our world. Check it out!
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Plant Ecologist
  • Web Ecology
    Editor-in-Chief, 2013 - present
  • Center for Functional Ecology - Universidade de Coimbra
    Researcher, 2011 - present
  • The University of Montana
    Post-doctoral researcher, 2009 - 2011
  • Generalitat Valenciana - Vaersa
    Natural Park Technician, 2007 - 2009
    Ph. D. student, 2002 - 2007
    Lab Technician, 1999 - 2001
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Coimbra, Portugal
Missoula, MT (USA) - El Ballestar, Spain - Bloomington, IN (USA) - Uberlândia, Brasil - Swansea, Wales (UK) - València, Spain
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Plant Ecologist
I'm an "exotic" plant ecologist interested on adaptations occurring to invasive plant species across broad biogeographical ranges. 

Native from Spain, so far I have tried to "colonize" places like Wales, Brazil and the U.S. I am currently based in Portugal at the Center for Functional Ecology of the Universidade de Coimbra.

I'm Editor-in-Chief for the open access scientific journal Web Ecology, and the moderator for the G+ community Plant Ecology, check them out!

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I'm a hobo with a Ph.D!
  • Universitat de València
    B. Sc. Biology, 1999
  • Institut Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i Biologia Evolutiva (UV)
    M. Sc. Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, 2002
  • CSIC - Universitat de València
    Ph. D., 2007
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