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'Tree of life' distances are no shortcut to conservation

'Tree of life' distances are no shortcut to conservation | QuantEco | Scoop.it
Some conservation strategies assume that the evolutionary distances between species on a phylogenetic 'tree of life' (a branching diagram of species popularized by Charles Darwin) can be used to predict how diverse their biological features will be. These distances are then used to select which species to conserve in order to maximize interesting biological features -- such as potentially useful drug compounds and resilience to climate change. But a new analysis of data from 223 studies of animals, plants, and fungi, shows that methods based on such distances are often no better at conserving interesting biological features than picking species at random.
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Amazon drones: The latest weapon in combatting climate change

Amazon drones: The latest weapon in combatting climate change | QuantEco | Scoop.it
A flying, insect-like robot will give an unprecedented look at Peru’s tropical cloud forest, one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems and a key indicator of global climate change.
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Using drone aircraft for good

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Northeastern US forests transformed by human activity over 400 years

Northeastern US forests transformed by human activity over 400 years | QuantEco | Scoop.it
Forests in the northeastern US have been radically transformed over the last four centuries by human activity, and their relationship with climate factors like rainfall weakened.
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The best ecology and conservation papers of 2012 | The ...

The best ecology and conservation papers of 2012 | The ... | QuantEco | Scoop.it
Awesomely, Ruger et al. use a hierarchical bayesian model where individual tree growth is a function of light and size and then functional traits are used as linear species predictors. Relating growth characteristics to ...
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Digital ears in the rainforest: Estimating dynamics of animal populations by using sound recordings and computing

Digital ears in the rainforest: Estimating dynamics of animal populations by using sound recordings and computing | QuantEco | Scoop.it
A Finnish-Brazilian project is constructing a system that could estimate the dynamics of animal populations by using sound recordings, statistics and scientific computing. The canopy in a Brazilian rainforest is bustling with life, but nothing is visible from the ground level. The digital recorders attached to the trees, however, are picking up the noises of birds.
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Three Ways to Run Bayesian Models in R - Publishable Stuff

Three Ways to Run Bayesian Models in R - Publishable Stuff | QuantEco | Scoop.it
There are different ways of specifying and running Bayesian models from within R. Here I will compare three different methods, two that relies on an …
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Running Bayesian analysis from R, useful for basically any scientist

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Climate change creates complicated consequences for North America's forests

Climate change creates complicated consequences for North America's forests | QuantEco | Scoop.it
Climate change affects forests across North America -- in some cases permitting insect outbreaks, plant diseases, wildfires and other problems -- but researchers say warmer temperatures are also making many forests grow faster and some less...
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Really interesting article relating to climate change and its potential effects on North American forest ecosystems

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