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Joseph Craine
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Fishes of Ohio
I remember clearly over 20 years ago reading Fishes of Ohio by Milton Trautman. First published in 1957, the book is primarily a key and description to the fishes of the state. The part I remember most was the introduction. I remember it describing Ohio whe...

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Map of streams of US
I found this map of the US today. It shows all of the streams and rivers in the lower 48 states. You can find it here . It seem like everywhere in the US, even dry places, have at least temporary streams. But not everywhere. What fascinates me about the map...

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Book review: Statistics Done Wrong: the Woefully Complete Guide
How to Lie with Statistics came out in 1954. It has long been considered a classic with over a half-million copies sold. The second edition of Statistics Done Wrong might be a true successor to the classic. The first edition, recently released, is still a g...

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xkcd cartoon on global mammal weights
Just a bit sad....

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The trajectory of nitrogen availability
It is a simple fact that N availability is rising throughout the world, likely causing a planetary boundary to be exceeded. Considering that humans have doubled global N2 fixation, it's impossible that it hasn't. It is also a simple fact that CO2 concentrat...

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a The oldest trees in the world are often in the most stressful environments, or so it seems. Yet, there has never been a quantitative attempt to assess tree longevity. Di Filippo et al. make a first attempt at this by analyzing tree-ring data for broad-lea...

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Quantifying cattle diet across broad gradients
Just a quick note on a new paper that we just published. I've worked before with Texas A&M's GANLab to assess patterns across the US of forage quality for cattle. In that paper, we saw that cattle in cool, wet regions had the highest forage quality, which s...

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Plant productivity and climate: a back and forth
The process of science is one we do not talk about much. There are reams of studies on statistical tests for a given data set, and meta-analyses have moved science forward for bringing together different data sets to test an idea. But how does science decid...

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CUDOS in science
Here's something I hadn't seen before. I've thought that it's interesting that there isn't a Hippocratic oath for scientists (scientists didn't exist in the days of Hippocrates). It turns out there are norms of scientific society. I read about this in Woott...

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Book review: The Invention of Science
Currently, science is undergoing a convulsion. The very way that science operates is changing. It's a change that appears to be unprecedented in modern times. For the first time, science is being forced to deal with bias. Questions of reproducibility have b...
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