UPDATE: Anyone who’s new to participating–excellent! Welcome aboard! if you plan on joining the discussions, please introduce yourself in the comments section and make sure to add yourself to the calendar (link below) before you vote on the poll, so we can figure out the most preferred time/format among those who are likely to participate!
Alright, let’s get started!
Seems from the discussion in the last post that most are keen on selecting a topic and sticking with it for the semester. I think having that structure is a great idea. Two topics were suggested:
- Selected papers on speciation and evolutionary radiations
- Reading the book “Big Questions in Ecology and Evolution”
Personally I think both are awesome so as always I’m going to leave it to you guys to decide 🙂 There was an initial concern that the book might be expensive and would require time to order, receive, etc. but it seems like there’s a PDF of it floating around (which I’ll refrain from linking because I’m not entirely sure it’s a legal copy to distribute…). Also the kindle version on Amazon is not that expensive (link above) and is delivered immediately, so that shouldn’t be that big of an issue. In any case, the poll is below!
Meeting times. We also need to decide what times would work best for most of us. I have created a calendar where you can mark your availability / what times would work out best. (Times are in EST timezone, so use a converter like this one to find out how your time zone fits in)
How does it work? We will meet every other week to discuss a paper/chapter using Google+ Hangouts (so make sure you “encircle” us on Google+ so you can be invited for the video chats) and a text chat server. Videos are available during and after discussions.
OK! So who’s in?