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Jack Rabbits, Lizards and Squirrels, Oh My! Q&A with Taylor Noble

- September 29, 2016

Here is a Q&A with the first author of our first camera trap dataset published in our Data-Intensive Ecology series. Taylor shares his thoughts on why he’s so interested in the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard, the usefulness of camera traps in ecology, as well as challenges with big data.

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Big Data Challenges and Solutions in Contemporary Ecology: A Guest Blog by Chris Lortie

- April 26, 2016

Chris Lortie

Chris Lortie is an integrative ecologist (NCEAS, Santa Barbara, USA and York University, Canada)  and is a co-Guest Editor of our Data-Intensive Ecology series. Here, he shares his views on a few challenges and solutions in contemporary ecology as the field moves into the big-data era.

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Q&A with Xin Zhou, author of our insect “squishome” paper.

- April 2, 2013

Following from our previous blog posting, here we profile and interview Dr Xin Zhou, lead author of our recent “squishome” insect goo metabarcoding paper. This NGS (next generation sequencing)-based work has already generated a lot of interest (see this write-up in Wired and this blog posting for nice examples), and here Dr Zhou gives more […]

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New in GigaScience: the Squishome

- March 27, 2013

Insect goo aids biodiversity research Apologies to Jonathan Eisen (see Badomics in the journal), but today in GigaScience we publish a new “squishomics” approach for assessing and understanding biodiversity, using the slightly wacky sounding method of combining DNA-soup made from crushed-up insects and the latest sequencing technology. This bulk-collected insect goo has the potential to […]

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