If organic carbon is your thing…have a read of my most recent article published in Science Advances

We used a peer-sourced research network to conduct a global-scale investigation of organic carbon decomposition in greater than 1000 river and riparian sites. Our work provides an unprecedented baseline dataset on which to quantify environmental impacts on carbon decomposition across the globe.

Read more here

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Mentoring in science; assembling your personal board of advisors

Mentors can provide an inspiring source of personal and professional advice; serve as a sounding board for working through tough problems; and offer a safe space for sharing your aspirations and your fears. Finding mentors can be tough, though, and when you do find them, no single mentor is likely to have the ability to help you in all aspects of your professional or personal life. That’s why you should consider assembling your own personal board of advisers comprised of several different mentors.

Read more here:

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Mulling on leadership in the education sector (part 2)

Another great article on the power and importance of ‘intellectual humility’ in education leaders.

“True humility, scientists have learned, is when someone has an accurate assessment of both his strengths and weaknesses, and he sees all this in the context of the larger whole. He’s a part of something far greater than he. He knows he isn’t the center of the universe. And he’s both grounded and liberated by this knowledge. Recognizing his abilities, he asks how he can contribute. Recognizing his flaws, he asks how he can grow”

Read more here.

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Mulling on leadership in the education sector (part 1)

This is a great article on leading change in any workplace really. Heifetz and Linsky tell us that when leading change it is important that we:

  1. Don’t do it alone.
  2. Keep the opposition close (for the right reasons!)
  3. Acknowledge losses.
  4. Accept casualties.
  5. Accept responsibility for your contribution to the mess.

Read more here.

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A great study, a very nice interactive dataset…but a depressing story!

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Gender parity in some areas of the science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) workforce could be centuries away, unless we systematically identify and close the gender gap.

By analysing 10 million academic papers, and the genders of their 36 million authors, researchers at the University of Melbourne have gained this new insight into when gender parity could be reached in STEMM…read more here.

 

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A good read on scientific writing

Unfortunately most of us (including myself) are guilty of this…

…heres to more ‘Ingredient X’ in my next publication!!

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Or read the full Trends in Ecology & Evolution article HERE.

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2016, sure to be another busy year!

I’m now back in the office following a relaxing Christmas/New year break and looking forward to another busy year full of writing, student supervision, field work and the birth of our second child.

I have just updated my list of student projects available for 2016. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in any of these or other collaborative projects.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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