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New review paper on multiresponse algorithms!

Our review paper “Multiresponse algorithms for community-level modeling: review of theory, applications, and comparison to species distribution models” is available in Online Early today! This paper was spearheaded by Diego Nieto-Lugilde, a postdoc on the community paleomodels project with Matt Fitzpatrick. Check it out, and email Jessica if you need a pdf copy of the paper.

March Mammal Madness is here!

It’s my favorite time of year!  March Mammal Madness!  #2017MMM is a scientifically-accurate, completely geeky competition between mammals, developed by Katie Hinde and colleagues.  Check out the #2017MMM website for more info.  And if you’re at UC Merced, I’m organizing a local version of the competition.  To compete officially in the local version of the competition, you’ll need to send me a picture of your completed bracket before the start of the wildcard race, the evening of March 6th. You can email it, bring it by my office, or tweet/facebook your photo to me.  I will provide a mammal-appropriate prize for the winner. Suggestions for suitable prizes welcome!


The Blois lab has been having fun scouting for new field sites in Sequoia National Park this summer. A post on that work will be coming up soon.  But in the midst of all the field work, we took a moment to honor our colleague and mentor Dr. Marilyn Fogel, currently the chair of the Life and Environmental Sciences group at UC Merced, who was recently diagnosed with ALS.  It was an event that combined field work, research, fun, and seriousness, which I think is a good embodiment of Marilyn’s attitude towards research: do great and important work, but have fun while doing it!