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All in the family: hierarchical social and genetic structure in the Old World monkey Theropithecus gelada

Complex, multi-level animal societies have evolved convergently across many taxa but we know little about the mechanisms behind their formation and their associated fitness benefits. In their Molecular Ecology paper published online last week, Snyder-Mackler et al. addressed these questions … Continue reading

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Haldane’s Sieve

This week we have a guest post by Graham Coop and Joe Pickrell. Here, Graham [GC] and Joe [JKP] answer a few questions we had about the development and future of their blog, Haldane’s Sieve. If you’re interested in population genetics … Continue reading

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We’re looking for a few good Molecular Ecologists (UPDATED)

Update, 6 October: Thanks to everyone who has written in to apply for a position! I’ll try to respond to your inquiries in the next day or so; we’ll continue to accept applications until next Monday, 13 October before making … Continue reading

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#Evol2014 in tweets

Getting free banana from anti-evolutionist on street outside #Evol2014 pic.twitter.com/FLL5zmOHgA— Mohamed Noor (@mafnoor) June 21, 2014 I think it’s fair to say that I was a pioneer of Twitter at the Evolution meetings—back when I set up the website for … Continue reading

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Mol Ecol’s best reviewers 2014

As a continuation of our post from last year, Molecular Ecology is publishing a list of our very best referees from the last two years (2012 and 2013). Our hope is that the people listed below will put ‘Top Reviewer … Continue reading

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Why we sign our peer reviews

Last week I posted the results from a brief survey of our readers, asking whether they usually sign their peer reviews. In that small sample of evolutionary ecologists, the overwhelming majority said they review anonymously, though many participants seem to … Continue reading

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Why we don’t sign our peer reviews

Last week I posted the results from a brief survey of our readers, asking whether they usually sign their peer reviews. In that small sample of evolutionary ecologists, the overwhelming majority said they review anonymously, though many participants seem to … Continue reading

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Do we sign our peer reviews? Mostly, no.

Update, 24 November 2014: There’s been a renewed interest in this post, so now is as good a time as any to note that, in addition to this survey, I also posted written responses from folks who choose to sign … Continue reading

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Crowd-sourcing natural history

What I think of as my first “real” science job was a year I spent in Pittsburgh, interning for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. One of my most enjoyable duties was assisting a WPC ecologist on systematic surveys of plant diversity … Continue reading

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How prevalent are non-overlapping generations?

Recently, the question of how prevalent in nature are truly non-overlapping generations has piqued my interest. There are many methodologies which make the assumption that generations are non-overlapping. Or in other cases, it is a simplification we may make to … Continue reading

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