Category Archives: Academic skills

Some Thoughts on Post Doc Interview

Many of us graduate students will have to interview for a post doc some time during our graduate school career. How to successfully prepare for a post doc interview is something many of us has thought about. I am by … Continue reading

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How Important Is It to Highlight the Importance of the Paper?

A conventional wisdom in writing papers tells us to always identify a knowledge gap and highlight the novelty of your own paper. You need to clearly introduce why your study is new and relevant. You want to convince the readers … Continue reading

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A Follow Up on Plotting Everything Against Everything Else

I wrote a blog post on the practice of plotting everything on everything else in ecology a while ago. Since writing the post, I have had quite a few insightful conversations with colleagues and did some readings on this issue. … Continue reading

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The Practice of Plotting Everything Against Everything Else

I have seen the following scenario a lot in ecological research. After we collected bunch of data from field, we often explore the data first. We plot response variables of interests against all the possible predictors we measured. Some may show a … Continue reading

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Why Do Faculties and Students View Presentation Differently?

I gave a talk at the Graduate Student Symposium at Odum School of Ecology last week. Each talk was judged by several faculties and students. Each judge has a judging form, consisting of 13 scoring items. Each item has a … Continue reading

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