Eisen Lab Blog

At @ucdavis 2/21: Mary E. Power “Floods, Drought, and River Food Webs”


Mary E. Power

Department of Integrative Biology University of California Berkeley

Dr. Power is an ecologist and a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses primarily on food web, landscape and community ecology,. She often performs her research close to home in the Eel River of California. Her research seeks to provide insights that will help forecast how river-structured ecosystems will respond to watershed and regional scale changes in climate, land use, or biota. Since 1988, she has been the director of the Angelo Coast Range Reserve, an 8000-arce natural reserve protected for university teaching, research, and outreach.

Dr. Power has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the California Academy of Sciences. She received the Kempe Award for Distinguished Ecologists and was awarded the G. Evelyn Hutchison Medal from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.

Scientific Lecture: Floods, Drought, and River Food Webs

February 21, 2019, 4:10 – 5 pm, 176 Everson Hall

We look forward to seeing you!

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New preprint from the lab on “Network analysis to evaluate the impact of research funding on research community consolidation”

We (me and David Coil) have a new preprint out on analysis we did in collaboration with Daniel Hicks and Carl Stahmer also from UC Davis. The paper is an analysis of the Microbiology of the Built Environment program funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation via analysis of publications from within and outside the program. We would love feedback …


Network analysis to evaluate the impact of research funding on research community consolidation. Daniel J Hicks, David A Coil, Carl G Stahmer, Jonathan A. Eisen.


In 2004, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation launched a new program focused on incubating a new field, “Microbiology of the Built Environment” (MoBE). By the end of 2017, the program had supported the publication of hundreds of scholarly works, but it was unclear to what extent it had stimulated the development of a new research community. We identified 307 works funded by the MoBE program, as well as a comparison set of 698 authors who published in the same journals during the same period of time but were not part of the Sloan Foundation-funded collaboration. Our analysis of collaboration networks for both groups of authors suggests that the Sloan Foundation’s program resulted in a more consolidated community of researchers, specifically in terms of number of components, diameter, density, and transitivity of the coauthor networks. In addition to highlighting the success of this particular program, our method could be applied to other fields to examine the impact of funding programs and other large-scale initiatives on the formation of research communities.

New preprint from the lab: Bacterial communities associated with cell phones and shoes 

We have a new preprint out in BioRXiv.  Would love comments and feedback

Bacterial communities associated with cell phones and shoes [PeerJ Preprints]

Full citation:

Coil DA, Neches RY, Lang JM, Jospin G, Brown WE, Cavalier D, Hampton-Marcell J, Gilbert JA, Eisen JA. 2019. Bacterial communities associated with cell phones and shoes. PeerJ Preprints 7:e27514v1 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.27514v1


At @ucdavis 2/1 Dog diversity as a natural experiment in cognitive and behavioral evolution

Got this by email and am posting it.

*See the attached flier for the entire quarter’s seminar schedule.

This week’s Animal Behavior Graduate Group seminar:

Dog diversity as a natural experiment in cognitive and behavioral evolution

Dr. Kevin MacLean
University of Arizona

Friday, February 1st at 12:10 pm in 1150 Hart Hall

Coffee and cookies will be available.

“Dr. Evan MacLean is a biological anthropologist and comparative psychologist with interests in cognitive evolution and the study of animal minds. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2012, and served as Co-Director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center from 2012-2016. Dr. MacLean conducts research with diverse species ranging from chimpanzees and bonobos to lemurs and domestic dogs. His work is motivated by questions about what makes the human mind unique, as well as how and why cognition evolves.”

For more information about Dr. MacLean’s research: https://dogs.arizona.edu/people/dr-evan-maclean


Today at @ucdavis: John Ioannidis – Reproducible and Useful Research: Building Trust in our Science

TODAY Dr. John Ioannidis, C. F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at the School of Medicine, Stanford University, will be giving a lecture as part of The UC Davis Forums series. He will be speaking on the topic of "Reproducible and Useful Research: Building Trust in our Science."

The lecture will take place in Ballroom B of the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) from 3 to 4:30 p.m, with a reception and light refreshments to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Please see the attached flyer below for more information, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

John Ioannidis Flyer.pdf

More detail on new @UCDavis faculty diversity initiative

More detail on the UC Davis “Advancing Faculty Diversity Grant” has been posted. See  Advancing Faculty Diversity | Academic Affairs. 

Some key details:

  • UC Davis received a grant from the UC Office of the president to run a pilot project involving faculty searches in each of eight campus entities.
  • The searches are very broad.  From the site “The searches will be college or school-wide, without specification of a specific discipline or department, provided that an applicant’s area of expertise falls within a discipline embodied in the academic unit. The goal of these broad searches is to attract the widest possible pool of candidates.”
  • The searches are trying a new approach to screening faculty candidates where the first screening will focus on “Contributions to Diversity” statements from the candidates.
  • From the site “In addition to a strong record of research and teaching excellence, successful candidates will also have an accomplished track record (calibrated to their career stage) of teaching, research or service activities addressing the needs of African-American, Latino(a)/Chicano(a)/Hispanic, and Native American students or communities. Successful candidates will have a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population and an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of underrepresented minorities in higher education. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.”
  • The site provides some guidance for “What Should a Statement of Contributions to Diversity Accomplish?”
  • The site has some additional Q&As that may be helpful for applicants

Direct links to the job ads are below:




At @UCDavis today: Russell Ligon on “Behavioral Evolution: execution and strategy”




Dr. Russell Ligon

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell University

“Behavioral Evolution: execution and strategy”

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2:10pm 1022 Life Sciences Building