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Managing the marine environment

Managing the marine environment is a difficult process. Not only are there a huge number of interacting factors to consider, from economic, recreation and environmental perspectives, but in terms of the ecology, as most of it is underwater, we don’t … Continue reading

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p values – not a lost cause

An interesting piece in the news section of Nature this week about the problems of statistical tests using p values to determine significance. http://www.nature.com/news/scientific-method-statistical-errors-1.14700?WT.mc_id=PIN_NatureNews The underlying nature of the piece is that p values are unreliable. The headlines of the … Continue reading

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Small snails and evolution of a theory

I’ve heard Richard Dawkins give an example of ‘how science works’ several times over the past ten years or so (admittedly on telly or the radio). He tells a story of how evidence changes people’s beliefs in science with a … Continue reading

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Radiation, really big squids and cause and effect

You may have heard the hype around the Fukushima radiation issues in the US at the moment, with a good summary of what many people think given here: http://www.infowars.com/government-media-cover-up-fukushima-radiation-wave-hitting-us/ It’s clear that Fukushima was a disaster, especially for those living … Continue reading

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Proofreading

I get to review a lot of scientific papers which aren’t always written in the best English. In fairness, it isn’t easy to write in a language which isn’t your own, especially some of the oddities of English grammar, and … Continue reading

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What’s this all about?

It’s still almost the start of the year, and a good time to start new resolutions. The resolution wasn’t strictly to start a blog, but was to provide a way of disseminating marine ecology a bit more. Sometimes it might … Continue reading

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Rick Stafford’s Blog

Just set up this site, as of the 14th Jan 2014. More to come very soon

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