Mind the gap: when the news article run ahead of the science

This is a quick post on a blatant example on how careful and prudent interpretation in scientific articles are over-simplified in news article. Scrolling through lemonde.fr website I found this article about a long-term study that looked at the long-term changes in insect biomass. In this article one can reads: 'Le facteur majeur permettant d’expliquer … Continue reading Mind the gap: when the news article run ahead of the science

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Cause, mechanism and prediction in ecology

This is a theme that bugged me for the past few months, through reading (Peters' critique for ecology, Shipley's path analysis book), meetings and discussions (IK computation ecology). So it is time to actually sit down, think this through and organize my thoughts. What better way to achieve this than to write a post? What … Continue reading Cause, mechanism and prediction in ecology

Making a case for hierarchical generalized models

Science is also about convincing others, be it your supervisors or your collaborators, that what you intend to do is relevant to get the answers sought. This “what” can be anything from designing an experiment, to collecting samples or formatting the data. This post was inspired by a recent discussion with one of my supervisor … Continue reading Making a case for hierarchical generalized models

Tendances des élections présidentielles francaises des 50 dernières années

[An english version for this article is available here] Cette année (2017) les Français seront appelés à élire leur prochain président au mois d'avril. Il y a quelque temps j'ai découvert le site open data du gouvernement français où sont publiés de nombreux jeux de données publiques et où tout un chacun est invité à … Continue reading Tendances des élections présidentielles francaises des 50 dernières années

Patterns across 50 years of French presidential election

[Une version francaise de cette article est disponible ici] This year (2017) we will have our presidential election between April and May in France. A while ago I discovered the open data website of the French government publishing public data with free access and promoting utilization by anyone. So in this post I will explore … Continue reading Patterns across 50 years of French presidential election

Prediction in ecology -implementing a priority.

In this post I would like to comment a bit on the recent forum paper by Houlahan et al on the importance of prediction to demonstrate ecological understanding. Before going through what I took from the paper I will outline a bit where I stood on prediction and understanding before reading the article. Explanation vs … Continue reading Prediction in ecology -implementing a priority.

What roles should ecologist have in the society?

This post is a reflection on the roles that ecologist should have in the society, it was sparked by some discussion I had at the BES/SFE meeting in december. This is one of my first try at blogging essay-like away from my nice beloved R-code. First of I'd like to start with a definition of … Continue reading What roles should ecologist have in the society?

Pourquoi je vais aller voter le 25 mai

Entre le 22 et le 25 mai prochain les européens éliront leurs représentants au parlement européen, cette élection est souvent marqué par un désintérêt, un manque de compréhension des enjeux et donc une abstention très élevée. Lors des dernières élections seul 40% des français se sont déplacés. Je vais expliquer un peu les raisons qui … Continue reading Pourquoi je vais aller voter le 25 mai