When do we need more data?

The new issue of Methods in Ecology and Evolution features our paper about value of information for applied ecology. The paper is free here. It also comes with supplementary material here, as user-friendly Excel spreadsheets. To help people use them, we published a tutorial post on the MEE blog. I'll post an Italian translation soon. … Continue reading When do we need more data?

Meglio un dato oggi o una lucertola domani?

This post is a translation of Geoff Heard's blog post on our recent PLoS One paper about destructive sampling. Unfortunately PLoS have mangled the figures on that paper and refused to correct them, so if you're interested here is an updated post-print version with legible figures. Campionamenti distruttivi. Detto così suona male vero? È la … Continue reading Meglio un dato oggi o una lucertola domani?

Optimal release strategies for cost-effective reintroductions

Recently we published a paper about the release of animals as part of reintroduction programmes which was selected as the Editor's Choice in the last issue of Journal of Applied Ecology. You can read the paper for free here, and read the Editor's comment here. And if you want, you can read my summary below … Continue reading Optimal release strategies for cost-effective reintroductions

I do things, visit places, see frogs…

As my PhD life approaches the 15-months mark, I have more or less worked out what I want to do when I grow up – that means now, unfortunately. Or fortunately? I have a lot of exciting stuff ahead of me now, so I thought I’d let the internets know. Here are three of the … Continue reading I do things, visit places, see frogs…

Dental hygiene for office-bound ecologists

Conservation biologists know that reintroductions are usually more expensive and less likely to succeed than in-situ conservation. This must also hold true for teeth: keeping your own teeth clean and safe in situ by observing regular hygiene practices is a lot cheaper and gives better prospects than having a professional (or even worse a non-professional) … Continue reading Dental hygiene for office-bound ecologists

A tale of two squirrels

The city where I grew up is home to one of the few known populations of the introduced Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in continental Europe. This species is listed by the IUCN among the world’s 100 worst invaders, and it’s been shown to inevitably replace the indigenous Eurasian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) by food … Continue reading A tale of two squirrels

A lesson learnt (long ago – and resurfacing)

I don't often tell people, but before choosing a science degree, I completed a bachelor in marketing & communication. I then decided it was something I didn't particularly like, but I guess something must have stuck in my subconscious. My last post (below) was aptly titled "centerfold toad" - and voilà, as soon as it … Continue reading A lesson learnt (long ago – and resurfacing)

Centerfold toad!

The latest issue of Frog Log, the newsletter of the Amphibian Specialist Group, features an article on the research I have been doing in Italy about the yellow bellied toad, and the conservation actions that are being implemented in cooperation between the University of Genoa and the Regional Park of Monte Marcello - Magra. You … Continue reading Centerfold toad!

Detection probabilities and the design of frog surveys

In a recent paper, I have looked at how estimates of detection probabilities can be used to improve the way we carry out field surveys for frogs. I find this pretty interesting as it can help us decide how often we need to go out, and how sure we can be that the frog we … Continue reading Detection probabilities and the design of frog surveys