The press, essential part of the science machine or irritating nuisance? Rather excitingly, I had something published the other day. It was about male-male competition in crickets, using social network analysis. You can read about it here. In short, we found that males can't use pre-copulatory competition to avoid sperm competition, that males who attack other males a … Continue reading Where did they get that from?
I delve into the research to find out in invertebrates have personalities, feel pain, and can show emotion
Its an easy thing to forget when the media is fanatical about telling us how people are always being nasty to each other, but humans are actually a very cooperative species. We work together to achieve things we could not alone, and have done for millions of years. In fact, much of this niceness is not … Continue reading The cooperative ape
Does work set you free? The phrase has a chilling presence, as it was used on the gates of Nazi concentration camps. Whether it was a taunt or an indication of a mystic ideal I am not interested in going into. In fact, I don’t really want to talk about Nazi’s or prisoners at all … Continue reading Arbeit mach frei?
Lots of people track animals. Some do it to catch them for food, to detect when they might be near livestock, or more common among other biologists, to study them. Where an animal moves informs us about its foraging behaviour, if it has a territory and whether it overlaps with others, how active it is … Continue reading Tracking the elusive Gryllus
“The great thing is to last and get your work done and see and hear and learn and understand; and write when there is something that you know; and not before; and not too damned much after. Let those who want to save the world if you can to see it clear and as a … Continue reading Hemingway and the essence of science
Want to run a mixed model but don’t know which of your variables to have as fixed effects and which as random effects? Follow my simple guide for deciding if it will be a fixed or random effect below! There will be exceptions, but after all, Biology is the science of exceptions… geese live … Continue reading Fixed or random?