Archive for April, 2012

Snowmelt Project: Year 3

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Today, for the third and final year of this project, Sadie and I got our snowmelt acceleration treatment up and running. This is the site after we deployed shadecloth on our five accelerated snowmelt plots. There are tons of caribou around right now. These guys wandered near our plots, then took off after ...

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Writing Science

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Our lab group just finished reading this book by Josh Schimel. We read two chapters a week and discussed them, which was a nice pace for absorbing the material. It's easy to read, but there is so much good advice that it's nice to have time for it to sink ...

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Global seasonality

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

  I tweeted: I'm referring to the animated gif above. Click for the full size version. I then had the following email exchange with my mom: Mom: Anthony, what is going on in that graphic? Is it a joke? Me: lol no joke, it's actual satellite images of seasonal change in earth surface color throughout ...

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ggplot2: I’m a convert

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

I have been using lattice  for my R graphics for years, and it is a great software package based on William Cleveland's groundbreaking approach to analyzing data. However, a few weeks ago I was trying to show data points, means, and summary bars in the same graphic, a task that ...

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Plant stress master variable: non-structural carbon?

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Our lab group recently read a 2010 review paper by Ülo Niinemets that presents the interesting hypothesis that the effects of various stresses on tree behavior can be summarized using the master variable of "nonstructural" or "storage" carbon. The idea is that if the plant is doing well, it will store ...

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One of my favorite book lists

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Here's a list I got from an Edward Tufte one-day seminar in 2001. I read a lot of the books on the list (you can see my library call numbers I scrawled on there back in the day). They were instrumental in helping me understand how to interpret and present scientific information. The ...

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