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?
- Carl Zimmer’s Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea
- Carl Zimmer’s The Tangled Bank
- Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True (I heard him talk at UBC: fascinating)
- Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish
- Whitlock and Schulter’s The Analysis of Biological Data (I have lab space in Mike Whitlock’s lab in the Biodiversity Research Centre in the Dept of Zoology at the University of British Columbia. Also, I’m looking forward to examples to learn about the breadth of types of biological data)
- Otto and Day’s A Biologist’s Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution (I’m near Sally Otto’s lab at UBC. Also, I’ve always loved mathematical modelling and so look forward to making connections between what I know and this new context)
- Paradis’s Analysis of Phylogenetics and Evolution with R (looking forward to parellels with what I know from bioinformatics, plus emphasis on datasets and what you can do with them)
- Might experiment with SimBiotic Software to get some virtual hands-on experience with evolution and ecology concepts. Looks fun! And reasonably priced.
- others??? I’m heading to the book publishing tables later today, with my wallet…
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aren’t many laptops in use the the audience during talks, and interestingly the contributions were by title only and not peer-reviewed.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.