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(02/15/15) – I had a great time visiting the biology department at Clemson University. Mike Sears was a great host and it was really cool to learn about the awesome ecology and evolution research that folks are doing at Clemson. Also I had a chance to see my old friends Jason Joines and Jessica O’Connell who both went to school with me back at Oklahoma State University.

(02/01/15) – Our manuscript exploring the spatially explicit predictions of the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology was accepted at GEB, and our manuscript at AmNat was officially published online!

(09/2/14) – Lot’s of updates
– My new R package, ecoretriever, was released on CRAN
– started assistant professor job at College of Charleston
– Our manuscript was accepted at Am Nat

Xiao, X. D. McGlinn, E.P. White. A strong test of the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology. arXiv. arXiv:1308.0731. open access link

(03/30/14) – New preprint!

McGlinn, D.J., X. Xiao, J. Kitzes, E.P. White. preprint. Exploring the spatially explicit predictions of the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/003657. open access link

(1/28/14) – I was invited to give a talk at Logan Nerd Night  as part of community outreach. The slides for my talk “Deciphering Universal Patterns of Biodiversity” can be found here.

(1/16/14) – I was a guest on Utah Public Radio’s Zesty Garden: How Flowering Plants Adapted to Cold

(1/14/14) – Mike Palmer and I submitted a manuscript for peer-review: Examining the foundations of heterogeneity-based management for promoting plant diversity in a disturbance-prone ecosystem. preprint & code/data.

(1/10/14) – I was a guest on Utah Public Radio’s Access Utah: Plants Evolve For Colder Temperatures: Evolution On Access Utah

(12/27/13) – Our recent Nature paper has generated some press!

(12/22/13) – Our paper in the journal Nature just came out: “Into the cold – three keys to radiation of angiosperms into freezing environments” paywalled link.

(12/15/13) – Our R package – rpartitions is now available on CRAN!

(12/10/13) – Ken Locey and I just submitted our manuscript, Efficient algorithms for sampling feasible sets of ecological patterns of abundance, to the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. A preprint of our manuscript is available at this link. The associated python package pypartitions and R package rpartitions are available on the project’s GitHub repository. 

(11/21/13) – Now available online: McGlinn, D.J., X. Xiao, and E.P. White. 2013. An empirical comparison of four variants of a universal species-area relationship. PeerJ. 1: e212 open access linkblog postpreprintESA 2013 slides

(10/30/13) – Our manuscript, An empirical comparison of four variants of a universal species-area relationship, was just accepted at PeerJ!

(10/28/13) – Our manuscript, Functional distinctiveness of major plant lineages, was just accepted at Journal of Ecology! I’ll post the online early link in time.

(10/07/13) – Ken Locey and I posted our new ms as a preprint: Efficient algorithms for sampling feasible sets of macroecological patterns. In the ms, we derive some new algorithms and software packages for randomly sampling the feasible set which represents all possible shapes of a given macroecological pattern such as the species-abundance distribution.

(08/15/13) – I am teaching a course on Ecological Community Assembly at USU, check out our course blog and twitter feed.

(08/05/13) – I gave two talks at the Ecological Society’s Annual Meeting in Minneapolis: Constraint Based Species-Area Relationships and Modeling Geographic Patterns in the Species Abundance Distribution

(08/03/13) – We just posted two of our manuscripts as preprints on arXiv.org. Here are links to my manuscript, An empirical comparison of four variants of a universal species-area relationship and Xiao Xiao’s manuscript, A strong test of the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology.  These manuscripts are both currently in review.

(04/11/13) – Our new manuscript, “Nine simple ways to make it easier to (re)use your data” is in review at Ideas in Ecology and Evolution. The preprint is posted here, please leave us comments here.

(03/23/13) – The Software Carpentry Bootcamp at USU went off without a hitch. I had a blast organizing the event and teaching along side Ethan White and Cait Pickens. Thanks to all the scientists that came out to make this a fun and engaging weekend. The teaching materials are located here.

(03/08/13) – I have been invited to participate in the ESA Scaling UP: Population and Community Ecology Workshop for Early Career Scientists

(07/22/12) – I’m presenting a poster entitled Testing the Spatial Predictions of the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology at the Gorden Conference Metabolic Basis of Ecology

(05/31/12) – I am a guest blogger at Software Carpentry the title of my post is: Dictionaries are a Scientist’s Friend

(04/18/12) – my new Ecology manuscript is in press!

(01/04/12) – Vario, my first R package, is launched and is now publicly available. See my post about the package here.

(11/10/11) – Off to NESCent for the second meeting of Tempo and mode of plant trait evolution: synthesizing data from extant and extinct taxa. Thanks to GBIF and WorldClim I’ve got lots of species distribution and climate data to examine.

(8/04/11) – Heading out to Austin, TX for the ESA Meeting, come to my talk on Tuesday on community assembly (pdf)!

(7/18/11) – Our paper on the scaling of species turnover has been accepted in Ecology (preprint)!

(7/11/11) – Our paper on spectral rarefaction methods appears in a special issue on ecoinformatics of JVS (see Publications page for a copy)

(4/01/11) – I will be joining Ethan White’s Weecology research group as a postdoc next year at Utah State University!

(2/28/11) – I am currently participating in a NESCent working group: Tempo and mode of plant trait evolution: synthesizing data from extant and extinct taxa

(11/25/10) – Our paper on species richness relationships was accepted at Ecological Monographs (see Publications page for a copy)

(11/04/10) – A copy of my talk to the UNC Ecology curriculum on “Disentangling spatial structure in ecological communities” can be found here