New publication: Metaresearch for Evaluating Reproducibility in Ecology and Evolution

Over the last few years we have learned a lot about the reliability of scientific evidence in a range of fields through large scale ‘meta-research’ projects. Such projects take a scientific approach to studying science itself, and can help shed light on whether science is progressing in the cumulative fashion we might hope for. One […]

Nature comment on biodiversity offsetting

Some colleagues and I have a Comment piece that has come out today in Nature. The article outlines the risks associated with using offsets to achieve pre-existing commitments, such as those to which nations have committed under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Heritage Convention. We recommend that while it is often appropriate for […]

Could perverse incentives undermine biodiversity offset policies?

We’ve just had a published in Journal of Applied Ecology that examines potential perverse incentives resulting from biodiversity offsetting. We outline some of the ways in which even best-practice offsetting could end up being bad for biodiversity, and discuss how to reduce the risks of perverse outcomes. The paper is available here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12398/abstract

Elsevier has bought Mendeley!

Elsevier has bought Mendeley! Just when Menedely had ironed out most bugs and was getting really useful. This is possibly sad news. See their blog entry here and the public reaction in the comments! There is more info in this blog post I’m going to be investigating moving to Zotero as my main reference manager. […]

Is driving an electric car really better for the environment?

Is driving an electric car really better for the environment? An interesting article in the Sunday Times argues that when a full life cycle assessment is done, electric cars are not so green after all. I’ve sometimes wondered about this. I’ve also heard others saying that driving a small mass produced petrol car produces less […]