Author Archives: Katie Everson

About Katie Everson

I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Alaska Museum studying the evolution of Madagascar's tenrecs. Alaska is really far from Madagascar -- that's why I love museum collections! My core research interests are phylogeography and species delimitation.

False detection of “true” species under the multi-species coalescent model

The multi-species coalescent model (MSCM) is the biggest name in the game (if the game is genetic species delimitation). But a new paper from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences asks: is the MSCM really doing what we think it’s doing? Some … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial: editing R plots in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool for creating and editing figures; unfortunately, it’s also really intimidating. So today at The Molecular Ecologist we’re trying something a little different: a screen-capture video tutorial about using Adobe Illustrator to enhance and edit plots … Continue reading

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Phenotypes in Comparative Phylogeography

Earlier this week, The Molecular Ecologist contributor Bryan McLean posted about the current state of comparative phylogeography (Riddle 2016). He listed several exciting directions that comparative phylogeography is heading, including more research that includes trait data. As a followup to … Continue reading

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Highlights from the 2016 Mammal Meeting

The American Society of Mammalogists’ annual meeting just wrapped up in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota. There were so many great talks and poster presentations that unfortunately I’m not able to highlight them all, but here are a few of my favorites! Empirical … Continue reading

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10 simple rules for designing a scientific poster

Conference season is upon us! Around the world, thousands of scientists face a daunting task: designing a scientific poster. It should be sleek, yet informative; eye-catching, yet professional; and most of all it should attract the attention of your future … Continue reading

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A new (quantitative!) method for comparative phylogeography

Comparative phylogeographic studies usually involve a) documenting a phylogeographic pattern and b) recognizing that the same pattern is congruent in multiple species. But what if species histories are only sortof congruent? Perhaps they share one major splitting event but not later … Continue reading

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Using R to mine species data

Many of us generate more data than we know what to do with (speaking of which: keep an eye out for the 2016 NGS Field Guide, coming soon!), so it’s easy to forget about the piles of data already at our fingertips. Research potential is … Continue reading

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Battle of the Text Editors

Whether you’re a coding master or a total technophobe, a good text editor is a must-have for the molecular ecology toolkit. Text editors are great for managing code, formatting input files, or jotting notes. But with so many different text … Continue reading

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3 writing mistakes I make

Last week my university hosted Dr. Joshua Schimel, microbiologist and author of Writing Science, who led a half-day writing workshop for graduate students. To be honest, I didn’t expect my writing to improve after a 4-hour workshop, but I learned a … Continue reading

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How the White Sands lizards lost their stripes

In molecular ecology, most of us work with study systems that are messy, uncooperative, or just plain difficult (note the fecal samples incubating on my lab bench). What I wouldn’t give for a nice, elegant study system — like the … Continue reading

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