Wednesday, November 30, 2011

rOpenSci won 3rd place in the PLoS-Mendeley Binary Battle!

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I am part of the rOpenSci development team (along with Carl Boettiger, Karthik Ram, and Nick Fabina).   Our website:  Code at Github:

We entered two of our R packages for integrating with PLoS Journals (rplos) and Mendeley (RMendeley) in the Mendeley-PLoS Binary Battle.  Get them at GitHub (rplosRMendeley).

These two packages allow users (from R! of course) to search and retrieve data from PLoS journals (including their altmetrics data), and from Mendeley.  You could surely mash up data from both PLoS and Mendeley.  That's what's cool about rOpenSci - we provide the tools, and leave it up to users vast creativity to do awesome things.

3rd place gives us a $1,000 prize, plus a Parrot AR Drone helicopter.

Friday, November 18, 2011

My talk on doing phylogenetics in R

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I gave a talk today on doing very basic phylogenetics in R, including getting sequence data, aligning sequence data, plotting trees, doing trait evolution stuff, etc.

Please comment if you have code for doing bayesian phylogenetic inference in R.  I know phyloch has function mrbayes, but can't get it to work...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Check out a video of my research at RocketHub

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Okay, so this post isn't at all about R - but I can't resist begging my readers for some help.

I’m trying to get some crowdfunding for my research on the evolution of native plants in agricultural landscapes. My campaign is part of a larger project by about 50 other scientists and me to see how well it works to go straight to the public to get funding for science research. All these projects, including mine, are hosted at a site called RocketHub - a site that hosts crowdfunding projects of all sorts – and now they have science.

It is important to get a few bucks at the beginning so that the people that don’t know me with deep pockets will hopefully chip in once they see the money ball rolling.

The funding will go towards paying some students to collect data in the lab for me.

Here’s the link if you want to donate, or just to check out the video I made about my research!

And watch the video here too: