Sweet Link ParTEA (August 2018)

We hope everyone has had a great August. As always, this month has gone by too fast. It’s already time again for our collection of awesome links and videos that we found enjoyable and/or important this month. Let us know if we missed any super cool posts!

“She drew their attention as a wolf that had a lot of moxie and was very adventurous.” Check out this NatGeo article about Nate Blakeslee’s new book, American Wolf, who’s central character was once “the most famous wolf in the world”.

This in-depth interview with Francis Weller, author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, is a must read when you have the time.

We are clearly fans of Priya Shukla‘s Forbes articles. Check out this one about the ocean’s itty bitties with an important link to carbon cycling.

The following figure from a 2001 Climate Change report does a great job of visualizing how seemingly small increases in mean or variability can result in much more (record) hot weather. (Editor’s note: As a stats fun fact, these “extreme” weather events are often modeled/studied with extreme value theory and it’s a super cool application of statistics in climate research.)




Have at some super neat-o U.S. land use visualizations. Spoiler alert: oh-em-gee so much land for cows.

Write fiction to discover something new in your research – an article in support of Rachel writing awesome stories for Meridith to read.

This article is double important because both of us added it to the list of links to share. You can’t go wrong with Beatrix Potter and “amateur” mycology. (She’s a badass and men didn’t believe her and she was RIGHT ABOUT SO MUCH).

So many thanks to , and  for penning this article about promoting mental health for graduate students. Please share!

Another important read about how men can help women in STEM. (Pay attention to women who have stories to tell about how STEM has failed them, and learn how you can make a difference)

An absolutely delightful read about living underwater for circadian rhythm research in summer of 1984.


Alexander Piechowski-Begay (Ashkii ligaii), a Navajo artist specializing in silversmithing and pottery, pens a moving essay about his life and global experiences and connections.

John D Sutter spent three weeks trying to kayak (and walk) down the “most endangered” river in America, California’s San Joaquin; he quickly learned why no one does that. Long read.

Say it with me again: leaving academia is not failing.

A moving essay about integrating emotions into practicing science.

An article and plea to use your platform and influence to honor Nia Wilson’s memory by transforming our society so that young women like Nia can live fearlessly.

And as not a foil to the above but a slightly different perspective.



Feminism made statistician Andrew Gelman a better scientist.

Should not need to be said: poster sessions are not singles bars. 

And finally! Dr Theoni Photopoulou, a quantitative ecologist and Newton International Fellow at the University of St Andrews, gives us an example of the movement ecology of swimming, diving and flying animals and explains what can be done with the squiggly lines biologging creates!



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