I woke up this morning and my friend Trevor Branch (@TrevorABranch) had tweeted the 2013 Information is Beautiful awards – this is truly fantastic eye candy for the data lover.  As I wondered through, however,  I kept thinking – where are the big environmental issues? There is some truly amazing talent represented here, and the winners […]

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Almost a year ago, I took on a very different job.  My family and I moved to Switzerland, and I have been working to bring life to a new venture, The Luc Hoffmann Institute (website live October 10th).  I started with one page of text on the vision for the Institute, a new employer (WWF), and […]

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The first Hoffmann Fellow position for the Luc Hoffmann Institute is now open for applications.   You can download the official job add HERE.  For those wanting to know a bit more about the Luc Hoffmann Institute, take a look at my previous post, here, where I described my decision to take the position of […]

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gun

Facebook is a powerful thing.  Before I wrote the previous post on Gun Violence and Gun Ownership rates I simply posted the second graph from that post to my Facebook wall.  48 hours later, is has been sent all over the world, shared over 1000 times that I know of, and it has gathered a […]

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gun

After the recent tragic school shooting in Connecticut, USA, I saw a lot of traffic on my facebook site focused either on the need for stronger gun control, or the ineffectiveness of  stronger gun control when it comes to  reducing the likelihood of these kinds of tragedies.  That last bit of the sentence is critical.  Nobody argues that […]

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carlos

This is the last installment of the Collected Wisdom on Job Talks series (there are 4 posts in all, an intro, a post focused on preparation, one focused on delivery, and this post). Thanks to all the folks who contributed to these ideas. Major contributors include Carlos Martinez del Rio, Julia Parrish, Stephanie Hampton, Doug […]

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carl

This is the third installment of the Collected Wisdom on Job Talks series I have been posting. The first installment is an introduction, and it introduces some key over-arching themes, the second installment focuses on content and preparation. If you are just tuning in, its probably best to start at the first installment and work […]

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spiderweb

The forests of the island of Guam have been without birds for over 25 years, due to the invasion of the Brown Tree Snake. The consequence of this wholesale removal of birds from a tropical forest had received only a small amount of attention in the ecological literature. In a Paper out this week in […]

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dee

This is the second installment in the Collected Wisdom on Job Talks series. The first 1) Provide a narrative: the art of clarity and mystery Start big – Good talks begin with a topic that everyone in the audience can understand and relate to. The goal of the first few slides should be to capture […]

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