This Week’s Good Reads: Bad Statistics, Changes in Media, and Continued Gender Bias Controversy

1) The controversy over the paper by Williams and Ceci on gender bias in academic hiring (or the lack thereof) that I mentioned last week and the week before continues: Science Careers published a detailed article on it, which reignited the controversy. A summary of … Continue reading

New Amphibian Diseases Threaten to Exacerbate Worldwide Decline

The decline of the world’s amphibians, in part due to disease caused by the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), has caused alarm among conservationists, wildlife managers, and herpetologists. Just as treatments for the disease were showing some successes, including boosting immunity through exposure to dead … Continue reading

The cutting edge of molecular biology is the only hope for the U.S. citrus industry

In early 2014, Congress appropriated $20 million to research on the bacterial disease known as citrus greening, and through the Farm Bill, promised another $125 million over the next five years.  Citrus greening, which infects all types of citrus and … Continue reading

Invasive species, the unbelievably villainous enemy of biodiversity

There is very little black and white in nature; when it comes to environmental ethics, many management actions are a compromise between different valid perspectives, incorporating something that’s a little good and a little bad, no matter how you look … Continue reading

Reid Harris, Saving Amphibians with their Microbiota

I recently wrote a report in American Scientist on Reid Harris (et al.)’s work studying probiotics that could be used to treat the devastating disease chytridiomycosis in amphibians. I deeply respect Harris’s work. Here’s why: It cleverly weds two high-profile issues: (1) … Continue reading