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Copying Storify of Phil Campbell talk at UC Davis

Philip Campbell of @nature talk at @ucdavis met w/ some skepticism …

Philip Campbell of @nature talk at @ucdavis met w/ some skepticism …

Sir Philip Campbell gave a talk at UC Davis on “Challenges for Research Group Leaders”. A few people Tweeted during his talk. Here is a recap. I threaded all my Tweets with my first one below so it might be better / easier to follow the discussion if you just go directly to that Tweet.

  1. At @ucdavis: Philip Campbell of @nature talking about “Challenges for research group leaders and the support they need”
  2. @ucdavis @nature Sir Philip Campbell at @ucdavis: been on a tour of universities to push for more discussion about the “health” of research groups
  3. @ucdavis @nature Sir Philip Campbell at @ucdavis: demands on PIs have never been greater and set to grow – and system is doing less than justice to grad students, PIs, post docs, etc
  4. @ucdavis @nature Sir Philip Campbell at @ucdavis: thinks that we need to shift how we evaluate academics away from impact factor towards personal narratives and selection of key products
  5. @phylogenomics @ucdavis @nature LMFTFY Campbell will speak on “Challenges for WHITE MALE research group leaders and the support they need” Maybe a toss away slide for POC/Women
  6. @ucdavis @nature Sir Philip Campbell at @ucdavis: discussing benefits of preprints but also pressures that come to PIs after publications
  7. @ucdavis @nature Sir Philip Campbell at @ucdavis: supports post publication review but says some aspects of places like PubPeer can be very harsh
  8. Hey @PsyArXiv - you're in Philip Campbell's talk (EiC of Nature). He's encouraging authors to use preprint servers. @improvingpsych

    Hey @PsyArXiv – you’re in Philip Campbell’s talk (EiC of Nature). He’s encouraging authors to use preprint servers.
  9. When @nature editor Campbell was in MN giving a similar talk, multiple women said he spent downtime joking about “women in the kitchen” and such. HILL-arious. 
  10. @ucdavis @nature Sir Philip Campbell at @ucdavis: going through list of many of the new @nature journals (though I am not sure what the point of this list is)
  11. @ucdavis @nature Sir Philip Campbell at @ucdavis: says he thinks @nature adds value to publications (peer review, editing, distributions, visibility, amplification, permanence, etc)
  12. @ucdavis @nature Ugh – Sir Philip Campbell at @ucdavis just gave props to Kent Anderson of Scholarly Kitchen – says he is worth reading – I disagree
  13. Apparently I’m just going to sit here from afar and heckle @phylogenomics twitter stream on @nature editors blah-blah about promoting science.
  14. @McLNeuro @nature please continue – I am trying for now to post what he is saying and don’t have time to heckle much
  15. @ucdavis @nature Campbell at @ucdavis: making claims about the editorial process at @nature and says they have a strict focus on the significance of the research not other values (though I don’t believe this ..)
  16. @phylogenomics @ucdavis @nature Pressures on PIs like needing to have 4 post docs work for 4 years to get a @nature publication? Like that kind of pressure?
  17. @ucdavis @nature Campbell at @ucdavis: claims that they don’t think about citations when reviewing papers (again, I don’t believe this) ..
  18. Wait….sprinkle some holy water on Sir Phillip and see if he burns for this lie! Also, WTF is up with their dumbass editorials and mansplaining? 
  19. @phylogenomics Sure, not when reviewing; when deciding to send out to review 🙂
  20. Editor in Chief of Nature: editors don't consider who author is, "authorship is not the point" (See pic) But double-blind review is optional

    Editor in Chief of Nature: editors don’t consider who author is, “authorship is not the point” (See pic) But double-blind review is optional
  21. @ucdavis @nature Campbell at @ucdavis still spending a lot of time praising the @nature review system and nothing about research groups and the support they need …
  22. Tell me more about the values of @nature editors who doxx pseud female bloggers. 🍿🍿🍿 
  23. This doesn’t work. Editors and reviewers are human. You can’t just tell them to ignore who the authors are. 
  24. Only someone who hasn’t read Anderson, or tried to argue in good faith with him, could say that. Than again, Nature is a for-profit anti-science scam so perhaps ol’ Phil believes his own bullshit. 
  25. @ucdavis @nature Campbell at @ucdavis: discussing most cited and least cited papers from 2010 (again, not sure of the point here)
  26. Don’t forget the @nature thought piece where they let a @UofR male faculty member speak out about…using the word ‘obviously’. While neuroscience women were being harassed and silenced by their administration. 
  27. @ucdavis @nature Campbell at @ucdavis: now discussing other demands on PIs including refereeing papers (note – I recommend nobody review for @nature doe to their #closedaccess policies)
  28. Also, the submission and publication fees to glam journals – those will set a new PI back a bit! 
  29. At @ucdavis talk by Nature editor in chief. Can’t wait for Q & A – pretty sure @phylogenomics will make it interesting.
  30. @ucdavis @nature Campbell at @ucdavis: editorial preoccupations at @nature – multidisciplinary, reproducibility, pressures on younger researchers, mentoring
  31. Editor in chief of Nature: survey results, what would improve reproducibility? "Journals enforcing standards" towards the bottom 🤔

    Editor in chief of Nature: survey results, what would improve reproducibility? “Journals enforcing standards” towards the bottom 🤔
  32. @phylogenomics @ucdavis @nature Are you KIDDING ME??? Nature publishes all the punching down editorials on trainees about how there are no jobs, they need to work more – UGH. @nature is the problem.
  33. I bet Campbell isn’t even at UCDavis and @phylogenomics is just tweeting to make me have a stroke.
  34. @siminevazire @ucdavis @phylogenomics You should make it interesting. They are notoriously anti-female, beat down on trainees and driven by money not science.
  35. @phylogenomics @ucdavis @nature So…he’s just making a list of problems that @nature contributes to? Is that a fair summary of his talk thus far? Let’s get to some solutions there, Sir Phillip
  36. @phylogenomics @ucdavis @nature I did think they had dropped it from their advertising tho.
  37. @ucdavis @nature At @ucdavis Campbell says should ask who is setting the pathological incentives for publishing in @nature – implies @nautre has 0 to do with this
  38. @sennoma @siminevazire @ucdavis @phylogenomics I’m an assistant professor. You never have enough power, money or friends. I don’t get paid enough to not have an opinion when people are being punched down on.
  39. @sennoma @McLNeuro @siminevazire @ucdavis @phylogenomics Is @phylogenomics willing to communicate questions from the Twitter audience? 😈 The speaker should know that the world is watching & listening….
  40. Editor in chief of Nature: "Everyone complains about incentives. Who is in charge of incentives?"

    Editor in chief of Nature: “Everyone complains about incentives. Who is in charge of incentives?”
  41. @JoshFessel @sennoma @siminevazire @ucdavis @phylogenomics Actually, it’s just the five of us who are riled up. Everyone else is on about the royal wedding.
  42. @McLNeuro @siminevazire @ucdavis @phylogenomics I may have misread and/or miscommunicated. I meant that I didn’t feel right telling someone they should stir shit, when it’s them not me who’s going to live with the fallout. But I’m 100% pro-shit stirring!
  43. @ucdavis @nature At @ucdavis: Philip Campbell lists some solutions to PI challenges – none of which seem to involve any changes by @nature
  44. @phylogenomics My favorite quote so far: every year we give a mentor award in a different country, last year was in the west coast. CA, OR, WA. Ha! The #bluewall has begun.
  45. @ucdavis @nature At @ucdavis: Philip Campbell says people can apply pressure to make change (e.g., refs using Athena SWAN system for awarding grants but then says Nature would not use such information to decide on papers
  46. @phylogenomics @ucdavis @nature If decisions abt promotion, tenure, & funding continue to be at least in part “outsourced” to high impact journals, that means @nature is in a powerful position as a change agent.

    How is @nature going to use that power to the benefit of scientists & science? Help us.

  47. @ucdavis @nature At @ucdavis: Campbell – I asked what @nature is doing in regard to better support advancement of minorities and women
  48. @ucdavis @nature At @ucdavis: Campbell in response to my ?? mentions the whitewashing Editorial and says it was bad … and then is now discussing the editorial I referred to 
  49. @ucdavis @nature Now @siminevazire following up my question saying that there almost certainly is status bias and other biases in review and suggests they should address that
  50. @ucdavis @nature Also @siminevazire points out that @nature is partly responsible for the problems for PIs even though Campbell implied otherwise
  51. @ucdavis @nature Question for Campbell – asking about gaming the system and bad papers in high profile journals – those people benefit from this
  52. Mindless data-crunching made bearable with 2nd monitor showing live tweet commentary by @phylogenomics during Nature’s editor-in-chief talk at @ucdavis. I feel like I should pay for this entertainment.
  53. @phylogenomics @ucdavis Not to take anything away from the serious issued being raised though. Just loving the approach…
  54. @phylogenomics @ucdavis @nature Q re: overhyped writing style you sometimes see in Nature. How do you keep editors from rejecting papers that are conservatively written?
  55. @phylogenomics @ucdavis @nature A: point me to papers you think are overstated and we’ll take a look.
    [His email is]
  56. @phylogenomics @ucdavis @nature Doesn’t answer question about how to give cautiously written papers a chance, which is great question.
  57. In response to my Q, editor in chief of Nature says they’re now trying to make desk reject decisions w/o editor knowing author’s identities.
  58. All journals/editors should do this, in my opinion. Perhaps the easiest change we can make with potentially big impact. 
  59. @McLNeuro @phylogenomics Oh gawd that gif brings back memories.
    “Ya hear that Elisabeth? I’m coming to join ya honey!” Lol #GoogOldDays
  60. I like the phrase “credibility revolution” – it captures both openness/transparency & reproducibility/rigor goals 
  61. Like this thread @phylogenomics but Pro-Tip: You don’t have to call him “Sir” every time just ‘cos some hereditary rich old cow across the pond 🇬🇧 says so! 
  62. @PSBROOKES I stopped it a few Tweets in – I think I copied that from somewhere and just pasted it in for a few tweets and then felt embarrassed …
  63. @phylogenomics @ucdavis @nature As a former Nature imprint interviewee I LOL hard at this. It was obvious from the interview what they were looking for (not that it isn’t blatantly obvious…)


At #UCDavis 12/6 & 12/7 Hanna Kokko on “Males Exist. Does It Matter?” & “Bet-Hedging in Evolutionary Biology””

Hanna Kokko will be visiting next week and giving two talks, sponsored by the Storer endowment.

Public Lecture:

Wednesday December 6, 2017 “Males Exist. Does It Matter?”

4:10 p.m.
Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room


Scientific Lecture:

Thursday December 7, 2017

“Bet-Hedging in Evolutionary Biology”

4:10 p.m. Kleiber Hall

Some detail about Dr. Kokko:

Dr. Kokko is a professor in of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Zürich. She started her career studying engineering and applied mathematics, but later became fascinated by the mathematical logic and foundation that underlies biological phenomena. Her work is at the interface between evolution and ecology. In particular, she is interested in studying the evolution and ecology of reproductive strategies and behavior in animals.

She was awarded the 2010 Per Brinck Oikos Award and the British Ecological Society’s Founder’s Prize. Prior to her appointment at the University of Zürich, she was a professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the Australian National University. While in Australia, she was named an Australian Laureate Fellow. She was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2014.

Kokko_Flyer (004).pdf

Today at #UCDavis: Fiorenza Micheli on “Vulnerability and resilience of marine ecosystems to multiple stressors”

Today at UC Davis

Thursday, November 30th
4:10​ ​
3 Kleiber Hall

Fiorenza is a marine community ecologist and conservation biologist, who has significantly increased our understanding of how biotic interactions shape community structure, the effects of multiple stressors on coastal communities, and the performance of marine reserves. She is also the Co-director of Center for Ocean Solutions, the David and Lucile Packard Professor in Marine Sciences, and is a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

For more information on Fiorenza and her current work, please see the Micheli lab website,, and Center for Ocean Solutions,

Community Ecologist faculty position at Sonoma State

Hat tip to Sharon Strauss for forwarding this:

Sonoma State University – Community Ecology
Review of Applications begins Dec 3 2017

The Department of Biology at Sonoma State University seeks to hire a highly motivated and productive scientist for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Community Ecology. The candidate must have a proven track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals and will be expected to develop and maintain an externally funded research program. We are interested in candidates that work in terrestrial (above ground and/or below ground) or marine systems. We are especially interested in candidates whose research program uses a range of techniques that include field approaches to examine community processes. We seek a dynamic teacher-scholar with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and the ability to attract and mentor students in our graduate program. Teaching responsibilities include introductory, upper-division, and graduate classes, and for this position may include ecology or marine ecology. The candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to other courses, which could include an offering in their area of specialty. See full job announcement at our web site:

Sonoma State University is located in Sonoma County, which offers access to a wide range of environments for research, and is home to the Center for Environmental Inquiry, which manages Galbreath Wildlands Preserve (3,670 acres) and Fairfield Osborn Preserve (450 acres). In addition, the Department of Biology has greenhouse facilities that are used for both teaching and research.


ABGG Seminar: Rebecca Calisi Rodriguez, TODAY @ 12:10 in 1150 Hart Hall

This week’s Animal Behavior Graduate Group seminar:

Parental Care: From Genome to Phenome

…and then off to save the world!

Rebecca M. Calisi Rodríguez

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

University of California, Davis

Friday, November 3rd, 12:10 in 1150 Hart Hall
Coffee and cookies will be available

Important changes in behavior occur when we become parents. For animals that exhibit parental care, raising offspring successfully involves transitioning from aggressive and sexual behaviors to more caring and nurturing ones. But how do the brain and body pull off this great feat? In the first part of this seminar, Calisi will discuss her work in characterizing a neurohormone, gonadotropin inhibitory hormone (GnIH), over the course of parental care in both a bird and rodent model, demonstrating how results of these studies could change the way we study the neural control of parental care behavior. Then, she will touch upon how this work has inspired current investigations in her lab of how the genomic activity of tissues vital to reproduction – the hypothalamus in the brain, the pituitary, and the gonads – change over the parental care stage using the avian model of the common pigeon. In the second part of her talk, Calisi will shift gears to discuss another exciting area of research in her lab. This research focuses on using pigeons as biomonitors of dangerous, human-made contaminants, with the goal of identifying problem urban and rural areas and communities in need of resources and assistance.

10/27 – microBOOmes: UC Davis Genome Center Halloween Symposium on Microbiomes


Friday October 27, 2017

UC Davis Genome Center

Halloween Symposium on Microbiomes

GBSF 1005 and Lobby

Bring your pumpkins and costumes for prizes

Space will be provided for posters – please bring one and display

2017 GC Halloween Symposium-Flyer


8:30-8:55 Coffee and refreshments; Pumpkin and Poster set-up


8:55-9:00 Jonathan Eisen Opening Remarks


9:00-9:30 Dawn Sumner Ghostly landscapes where animals dare not tread: Phototrophic mats in ice-covered lakes, Antarctica
9:30-10:00 Christian Santos Medellin Tales from the underground: host-microbiome interactions across the soil-root continuum
10:00-10:30 Break


10:30-11:00 Angela Zivkovic Changes in Gut Microbiota Composition in Response to Eating a Mediterranean Diet vs. a Fast Food Diet


11:00-11:30 Philip Brooks Composition of gut microbiota affects C. jejuni-mediated inflammation and autoimmunity in murine models


11:30-1:00 Lunch and pumpkin voting & posters


1:00-2:00 Tanja Woyke – KEYNOTE TALK Targeting taxonomic ‘blind spots’ & functional traits via single-cell approaches


2:30-3:00 Ruihong Zhang Powerful Microbes and Biodigesters for Turning Waste into Energy


3:00-3:30 Eric Velazquez “Enterobacteriaceae underlie variation in susceptibility to infection.”


3:30-4:00 Matt Settles From amplicons to metagenomes, a Core facilities perspective of the biome


4:00-4:15 Closing remarks and announcements of winners



At U. Idaho: Assistant or Associate Professor of Arthropod Molecular Systematics

Assistant or Associate Professor of Arthropod Molecular Systematics

The Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho is hiring a tenure‐track Assistant or Associate Professor of Arthropod Molecular Systematics. Rank is negotiable.

Position summary: Qualified candidates will use molecular systematics approaches to examine topics such as the impact of newly emerging arthropod pests within Idaho and the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and the effect of changing environments on species diversity. The work will further understanding of arthropods relevant to the population and economy of Idaho and the region. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the use of molecular techniques in systematics and taxonomy and supervision and development of the collections of the W. F. Barr Entomology Museum as a regional resource for education and research. The incumbent will also work with stakeholders across the state and the PNW.

Responsibilities: Develop an innovative, externally funded, internationally recognized program in molecular systematics. Potential research focus areas could include use of molecular phylogenetic techniques to study life history, evolution, biodiversity, invasion biology, or evolutionary relationships among arthropod groups. Familiarity with high‐ throughput sequencing, quantitative analysis of molecular data or other research methodologies relevant to the position is expected. Research may be directed at any group of arthropods important to the population and the economy of Idaho and

the PNW. Teaching duties would include undergraduate and graduate courses in Entomology that are appropriate to the expertise and interests of the new faculty member and that meet the needs of the department. Mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and post‐doctoral scholars is expected. The new faculty member would also be expected to interact with stakeholder groups interested in arthropod systematics and biology. The incumbent will lead the W. F. Barr Entomology Museum to develop the collection as a resource for both educational and research needs. He/she would be expected to participate in Departmental, College and University governance and to be an active participant in professional scientific societies.

Minimum qualifications: A Ph.D. in Entomology or related discipline with emphasis on arthropod molecular systematics is required. Qualified candidates will have a strong record of scholarly achievement that includes high‐impact publications. Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills and experience with entomological collections are expected. Desired qualifications include the ability to secure extramural funding, teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level,

demonstrated ability to mentor students and trainees and the ability to work cooperatively and effectively in a team environment with colleagues and stakeholders.

Closing date: 12/14/2017

Instructions to applicants: Along with your on‐line application, write a letter of application addressing your qualifications (for both the minimum and desired qualifications listed) and interests, including a clear description of your research and teaching philosophies. In addition, your application materials must include a CV and the names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references.

For information contact Dr. Ed Lewis, Chair Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology (eelewis) or Dr. Nilsa A. Bosque‐Pérez, Chair Search Committee (nbosque)

SystematicsPosition Announcement.pdf