Last week was a garbage fire, with the news and all. As a result, I’m (Rachel) going to give myself a pass on this post being many days late. We hope these links give you a good distraction and help you welcome in October and the changing seasons.
This is a very thoughtful piece about how teaching students the common underlying point of statistical tests might help them learn more, as opposed to parading as many tests as possible out over the course of the term.
Want to check out a fascinating and strangely beautiful #DataViz of how random the success of an individual published work can be? Click right here. I found this weirdly mesmerizing.
Welp, that title is actually a bit of a misnomer. I really have about 4 more days of field work that I need to knock out over the next week or so. DETAILS. I know I wrote a lot recently about how stressful the summer can be for me. It’s my busiest time of the year, field work is exhausting, and I probably don’t get enough alone time to really recharge (#introvertprobs). But, more than any of those less positive things, I really love how much time I get to spend outside each field season. I know I really like it, because I take about a zillion obnoxious iPhone pictures in the marsh each summer.
For your enjoyment, here is the view of my summer, from my smart phone.
Editor’s Note: Today, we are thrilled to bring you a guest post by my very own sister, Sara Wigginton! We look super similar, we also both study invasive plants, and her current lab studies an invasive wetland plant. I know, it’s weird. Regardless, she is a smart, funny ecologist, and Meridith and I are excited to share her words with you.
One of my favorite things about blogging is the ability to share the reality of my day to day life with you all. Sara’s piece really gets to the heart of what the day-to-day as an ecologist can feel like. Tell us your stories of the Science Grind in the comments section!
“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation”- Robert H. Schuller (A televangelist who said an insightful thing at least once.)
Some days I might be knee deep in a marsh, breathing in deeply the weird smell I’ve come to love, thanking my favorite deity (Mother Nature) that I don’t have a desk job.