Research Remix

June 27, 2010

my postdoc in evolution and ecology

Filed under: ecology, evolution — Heather Piwowar @ 11:01 am

Hi all.  Thrilled to announce I have finished my PhD and started a new postdoc with the DataONE cyberinfrastructure project.  My postdoc is out of NESCent, working with the Dryad group on studies of data sharing and reuse patterns that will help inform the design and successful adoption of this groundbreaking disciplinary repository.

I have a background in digital signal processing and biomedical informatics:  evolution and ecology are new to me.  I’m at the Evolution 2010 conference right now soaking up as much as I can about this new field and culture.  I’ve started a reading list for myself.  Any other suggestions?

Four immediate observations about the different culture of this field than biomedical informatics:  wow people dress a lot more informally at conferences, there are a lot more kids in evidence (and conference childcare!), there aren’t many laptops in use the the audience during talks, and interestingly the contributions were by title only and not peer-reviewed.  Different.


  1. Hi, Heather. Congratulations on obtaining your doctorate and on your exciting new post. You are an up and comer and will make a huge contribution in many realms.

    Comment by Hope Leman — June 27, 2010 @ 11:58 am

  2. On the Origin of Species is actually a fun read. Avoid Dawkins like the plague he is. For a solid modern grounding on the biological side,

    Comment by bill — June 27, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  3. Congratulation! I also finished my PhD and got my diploma few weeks ago!

    Comment by Rivest — June 28, 2010 @ 9:10 am

  4. Thanks, Hope! I like having you in my corner :) Thanks Bill for the suggestions… I’m well into the Tangled Bank so far and loving it. And Congrats Dr Rivest! Wishing you all the best in post PhD life.

    Comment by Heather Piwowar — July 5, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

  5. Hi, Heather. Nice to have you back blogging–you are already back in fine form. Incisive, thought-provoking pieces.

    Comment by Hope Leman — July 5, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

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