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Curious species names

Sometimes we may need some examples of curious things about the use of species names. Here are some resources: Species names that are puns, tautonyms, rhymes, seriously long, and other useful and amusing information at Curious Taxonomy Naming species as an insult to...

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How can scientists agree to a list of all species?

How can scientists agree to a list of all species?

No single list of all the world's species' names has been agreed by scientists. Some taxa have no list, and some, especially the more popular mammals and birds have several. In a recent paper, we proposed a plan to address this that involves collaboration between the...

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Mapping top-30% of oceans paper wins international award

The Elsevier Atlas Advisory Board chooses an award-winning Atlas article from across all Elsevier journal portfolios based on their potential social impact. The paper, led by Qianshuo Zhao and from his PhD work, included PhD student Dinusha Jayalathilake, and used a...

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AI is a promising new tool for monitoring marine biodiversity

Artificial Intelligence (AI, using machine learning and neural networks) has made amazing strides, notably in recognising human faces. It is also being used to identify patterns on photographs of individual patterns on whale fins and flukes, and whale shark markings....

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Fishers or fishermen

You may have noticed people using the word 'fishers' to mean 'fishermen'. The term 'fishers' is an archaic English word that fell out of use. This history is explained by Branch and Kleiber (2017) but unfortunately, they do not recommend which word to use. The...

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Bob May: an amazing bio-diverse scientist

Bob May (1938-2020) provided mathematical support for the theory that species diversity is essential for maintaining the healthy ecosystems that provide humanity food, health, pleasure, and knowledge.  He died on 28 April 2020. (Guardian Obituary) (Sydney Morning...

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Mapping the top 30% of ocean’s biodiversity

Mapping the top 30% of ocean’s biodiversity

The oceans top 30% for biodiversity The marine biodiversity research group at the University of Auckland has published a world map of where most biodiversity is in the ocean. This is the most representative map of biodiversity to date because it considers marine life...

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为了生物多样性而最应该优先保护的30%全球海域

为了生物多样性而最应该优先保护的30%全球海域

为了生物多样性而最应该优先保护的30%全球海域 The marine biodiversity research group at the University of Auckland has published a world map of where most biodiversity is in the ocean. This is the most representative map of biodiversity to date because it considers marine life from genes...

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Tips on CV presentation

Tips on CV presentation

When it comes to applying for a position, we cannot do much to change our qualifications and other facts but we can adjust its content to communicate what is most relevant for the position and take care of its layout. Principles Who is the CV for? Tailor it for...

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