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Jean-Baptiste Pichancourt
Research scientist in theoretical ecology
Research scientist in theoretical ecology


Google+ is shutting down on April 2019. Let's coordinate our efforts to transit to other social platforms with peace in mind Hi everyone, I am the original owner and manager of this community, which just turned 6 on Nov 2018. As most members may have already read somewhere, Google+ is shutting down next April because of major security and privacy concerns on the platform. Google is working with other social platforms to provide an API to facilitate the backup and transfer of the entire Google streams of profiles (and hopefully communities) into other social networks. I know some social networks already have this option or are planning to have it ready for d-day. Unfortunately there will be no one platform that can fit all of our needs. Some members will accept migrating at one place (e,g, Facebook or Diaspora) and others wont. We cannot avoid these differences of preferences, and maybe this is a good thing ... as long as we can conduct this transition phase the way it respects the diversity of new solutions. From my side I think this diversity of choice of future social networks is also a great opportunity. We now have to think more in term of decentralized set of networks, like a "meta-community", where different leaders and members take responsibility and credit for the good functioning of different communities, each with its own particularism and objective in mind. One community could be specialised in general information exchange (like we did), another could be more about rainsing funds, others on coordinating local actions etc .... Under this new scenario, these future communities would each bring a unique perspective. The trick is that we should connect and reference them, at least on a website that could serve as a coordinator. I'm happy to be in charge of the coordination website (at least temporarily) and work on setting the details with the various future new owners and leaders of individual communities on other social networks. Their specialization would be advertised on the website and could definitely bring added value to the whole "meta-community". If some of you are planning to create a community on biocultural diversity on a specific platform, please leave a comment here, such that we can start working on the coordination with you. If you do so please write down in your comment what unique features your new platform can bring to the "meta-community". That would greatly help us coordinate the advertisement an transition when discussing with members.

Thanks again guys, and lets make sure that the conversation that started here here will spread to "infinity and beyond!"

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Interesting open access piece of research suggesting that we should extend the concept of biocultural diversity beyond the realm of biodiversity, based on interviews of Brazilian local community practitioners and knowledge holders. I don't necessarily agree with this point of view but you may find that it fits better your own for what the concept of biocultural diversity should look like in the future. This is a fully open access article and very easy to read, so jump on it:

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*PodCast: * Science has often treated Indigenous people as resources for research—especially when it comes to genomics. Now, Indigenous people are exploring how this type of study can be conducted in a way that respects their people and traditions. Meagan Cantwell talks with contributing correspondent Lizzie Wade about a summer workshop for Indigenous scientists that aims to start a new chapter in genomics.

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With less than 60 known individuals, this species is on the brink of extinction. The White-bellied heron's last and final stronghold is in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The survival of this species will depend on socially, culturally, and biologically sensitive conservation initiatives and campaigns in support of local people and conservation collaborations in Bhutan.

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With less than 60 known individuals, this species is on the brink of extinction. The White-bellied heron's last and final stronghold is in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The survival of this species will depend on socially, culturally, and biologically sensitive conservation initiatives and campaigns in support of local people and conservation collaborations in Bhutan.
With less than 60 known individuals, this species is on the brink of extinction. The White-bellied heron's last and final stronghold is in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The survival of this species will depend on socially, culturally, and biologically sensitive conservation initiatives and campaigns in support of local people and conservation collaborations in Bhutan.

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Assistant or Associate Professor in Spatial Science of Coupled Natural-Human Systems. The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Spatial Science of Coupled Natural-Human Systems. They seek applicants whose work advances the frontiers of knowledge in natural-human system processes and relationships at diverse scales using theories, methods, and tools of spatial science. Topical areas of interest are broad. These could include human dimensions of global change as they relate to biodiversity loss, land-cover/land-use change, urbanization, climate change, ecosystem services and valuation, material and energy flows, and environmental degradation, among others.

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This special issue of Social Analysis, titled "Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies," features guest editors Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita. The issue opens with their examination of the interrelations between the possible existence of multiple nature-cultures and the indisputable existence of distinct anthropological traditions. Please enjoy like I'm doing right now!

Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal:

Volume 61, Issue 2: Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies
Guest Editors: Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita

Minor Traditions, Shizen Equivocations, and Sophisticated Conjunctions
Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita

- Naturalism and the Invention of Identity, Marilyn Strathern

- Between Two Truths: Time in Physics and Fiji, Naoki Kasuga

- Natures of Naturalism: Reaching Bedrock in Climate Science, Martin Skrydstrup

- Raw Data: Making Relations Matter, Antonia Walford

- Methods for Multispecies Anthropology: Thinking with Salmon Otoliths and Scales, Heather Anne Swanson

- A Theory of 'Animal Borders': Thoughts and Practices toward Non-human Animals among the G|ui Hunter-Gatherers, Kazuyoshi Sugawara

- Delta Ontologies: Infrastructural Transformations in the Chao Phraya Delta, Thailand, Atsuro Morita and Casper Bruun Jensen

- The Ontological Turn: Taking Different Worlds Seriously, Andrew Pickering

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Position available: Graduate Research Assistant (PhD) for a Project at the Intersection of Social Inequality and Payments for Ecosystem Services, Purdue University. The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University is seeking a doctoral research assistant (RA) interested in the intersection of social inequalities and payments for ecosystem services to join our program as soon as spring semester (January) 2018, or as late as fall
semester (July) 2018. The RA position is for three years and is part of an
NSF-funded research project by Purdue University, Utah State University,
and Brandeis University.

The RA position provides an annual stipend of $22,850, a tuition waiver,
and health insurance. The RA will work under the direct supervision of Dr.
Zhao Ma at Purdue University and will interact with all project
investigators (Drs. Jonathan Bauchet, Laura Zanotti, Claudia Radel, Ricardo
Godoy). Project abstract can be found:

The RA should also expect some reasonable teaching responsibilities. A
second graduate RA position for this project is available at Utah State
University, with Dr. Claudia Radel (

Specific RA responsibilities include (but are not limited to): (1)
managing day-to-day communication and relationship between research team
and field partner in Bolivia, (2) collecting quantitative data in the
field in rural Bolivia (as soon as summer 2018) as part of a randomized
control trial (RCT); (3) analyzing this quantitative data; and (4)
assisting investigators with other research-related project activities.
While the RA will assist the project, he/she will also be encouraged to
develop his/her own dissertation research questions to pursue within the
context of the broader project.

The ideal candidate has an interest in interdisciplinary approaches and
mixed-methods research, and is either familiar with or interested in the
discipline(s)/field(s) of human geography, environmental psychology,
natural resource decision making, and/or political ecology. The ideal
candidate also has good oral communication and writing skills, attention to
detail, and willingness and ability to follow instructions carefully and
work independently.

Required qualifications include: (1) Spanish-language competency,
particularly fluency in spoken Spanish; (2) GPA 3.2 or equivalent; and
(3) GRE Verbal and Quantitative: 50%, Analytical: 4.0. *Strongly
preferred qualifications* include: (1) experience with survey research;
(2) familiarity and/or experience with experimental design; (3)
experience with statistical/econometric analyses; and (4) field
experience in the rural Global South. A master's degree is desirable, but
not required.

While Spring 2018 application deadline is September 15, 2017 and Fall 2018
application deadline is January 15, 2018, earlier applications are
encouraged. Interested applicants should send a brief letter of interest
and a copy of their CV (including GPA and GRE scores) via email to Dr. Zhao
Ma prior to formally applying to the Purdue Graduate School.

Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. For
more information, contact Dr. Zhao Ma (; 765-494-1790) or

A bit about the location: West Lafayette-Lafayette, Indiana is situated
between Indianapolis, Indiana (one-hour south) and Chicago, Illinois
(two-hour north), and is home to 174,000 residents. We have a diverse
community, good schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive
trail systems, active Farmers Markets, and year-long community festivals
and art events.

Zhao Ma
Associate Professor
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

Phone: 765-494-1790
Fax: 765-496-2422

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The journal conservation biology is exploring this month “how science can build a sustainable future” – revealing opportunities we may not have considered. Meanwhile, the theme of World Environment Day June 5 is “connecting people to nature”— a theme they have chosen for the special research collection we are presenting here. Prof. Damià Barceló, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Science of the Total Environment, introduces this collection. You can access the special issue for free:

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Become a senior editor of Conservation and Society. The journal publishes works on biocultural diversity. Interested applicants can discuss this position with any of the current senior editors and should send a full CV and letter of interest addressed to the editors at by 15th October 2017.

*Further details on the advertisement *
The editorial board of Conservation and Society invites applications to join the journal as a senior editor. They are looking for a senior editor because their recent successes and impact factor has seen submissions to the journal increase by 50%. The successful applicant will join a small collective of senior editors who share the work and leadership of the journal.

The principal duties are to manage the review process (not reviewing per se) of between 20 and 30 papers per year and attending, by Skype, board meetings every 3-4 months. In addition the incoming senior editor will contribute to a number of aspects (but not necessarily all) of our wider strategy. These include:

First, the journal publishes high quality cutting edge research that has given the journal a reputation for world-leading work and has seen the formulation of a number of important schools of thought within conservation scholarship. They are now looking to lead in a series of new important debates in our field.

Second, they are distinguished by the fact that all the journal’s articles have been open access since its inception (15 years ago). They will continue that practice and are working on ways to increase the accessibility of our papers and improve the journal’s social media strategy.

Third, we are thoroughly international with respect to our editorship, associate editors, advisory board, authors and content. We are currently looking for editors either based in research institutions in East and Southeast Asia, South Asia, or South America, or with substantial research experience and networks in these regions. The new editors will use their networks and contacts to attract new and emerging scholars from their regions to publish in the journal.

Fourth, we are based in Bangalore and supported by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). We want to strengthen our association with ATREE by raising revenues to cover our production costs while maintaining the intellectual association and support of ATREE.

This position is not paid. Its benefits are: (1) you get to encounter cutting edge thinking in diverse aspects of conservation before they are published and guide and shape the thinking and writing of scholars all over the world; and (2) your research and practical networks will grow rapidly.

In a new senior editor, we are looking for someone who:

· Is willing to complete editorial tasks in a timely fashion.

· Will commit to the role for a period of at least three years.

· Is familiar with Conservation & Society and has a publication history demonstrating specialization in topics, theories, and disciplines relevant to the journal.

· Ideally, has experience with journal editing (as editor, associate editor, subject editor, etc); at a minimum, has extensive experience with peer-reviewing.

· Can help to strengthen our focus on scholarship from diverse institutional settings and increase the diversity of our editorial team (in disciplinary background, institutional location, research interests, nationality, gender, and/or other ways).

· Is willing to provide extra support to junior scholars and those working with English as a second language to help them publish good research in the journal.

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