News and a Survey

Hi cats and kittens.

Next month I’m starting a postdoc position at Colorado State University working on a whole new weedy plant! (Don’t worry, knapweed, I still love-hate you.) I’m planning some (hopefully) fun sci-comm gems related to this project, perhaps even a small citizen science project that YOU could help me out on. We’ll see how it goes. For now, let’s say I’m getting just a *tad* closer to my childhood dream of being Indiana Jones.

But no need for YOU to wait, YOU can help science now. Continue, dear Reader!

SCIENCE WANTS YOU! By James Montgomery Flagg ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

SCIENCE WANTS YOU! By James Montgomery Flagg ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Help us do science! I’ve teamed up with researcher Paige Brown Jarreau to create a survey of AlienPlantation readers. By participating, you’ll be helping me improve AlienPlantation and contributing to SCIENCE on blog readership. You will also get FREE science art from Paige’s Photography for participating, as well as a chance to win a t-shirt and a $50.00 gift card! It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. You can find the survey here:

Super secret project: Revealed!

plague-of-species-headerHello gentle reader! It’s been ages, I know. But I’ve been scheming schemes. I’ve been working on a little secret project with game designer Elizabeth Steward. We are designing a game about invasive species (with a dollop of evolution, and a smattering of economics)! It’s still in the works, but perhaps you would like to check out what we have so far? PLAGUE OF SPECIES!!! Every time I start thinking about this, I get almost too excited for intelligent speech. So that could be a problem.

Introducing: Students of Ethnobotany

In a new guest series on Alien Plantation, students from UBC’s BIOL 343 Plants and People course (taught by Dr. Michael Hawkes, and TA’d by myself), have written their own blog posts about ethnobotanically important or interesting plants and their interactions with them. I will upload these over the next few weeks, for your enjoyment. Opinions expressed belong to the student, and everyone gets to have their own opinion! Of  course, no one ever runs out of things to learn, and I haven’t rigorously fact checked every detail in every post, so certainly, if you have new or better information on a topic, please let us know!


New time, same place

Following an awesome workshop on Science and Social Media at ESA run by Sandra Chung and Jacquelyn Gill, I am inspired to move my regular blogging day to Mondays (also, I may be behind…). So look for the new post then! And, if you are interested in how social media can benefit your science, check out the slides from that great workshop. Discussion and collaboration are the grease that enables the wheels of science to turn! And I finally figured out what that “.” is suppose to be at the front of some tweets…

Poll: How’s my driving?

So I’m thinking about getting feedback on my writing (and shamelessly promoting this blog) by entering some really cool science blogging contests, such as over at 3 Quarks Daily or Open Labs 2013. Check them out and nominate your favorite author/post! (The writers that win these things are quite accomplished and impactful – I’m just looking for some good learning experience.)

But what should I enter? Tell me what post you think was written the best. In the poll, I included the posts that seem to get the most views, but feel free to write in something else. Thanks!