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Reproducible Science Workshop at iDigBio

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Cross-posted from the iDigBio blog. Reproducibility is one of the corner stones of the scientific process. Readers should be able to figure out how you gen...



What I read in 2013

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Here is a list of the favorite articles I read this year. Our Silver-Coated Future, Robin Marantz Henig How nano-technology is slowly becoming ubiquitous i...

The sea cucumbers from Guam

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Maybe more than any other island in the tropical Pacific, Guam has been the site of many studies about its sea cucumbers. For instance, Guam is the type loca...

What do crown-of-thorns do to an ecosystem?

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Crown-of-thorns (Acanthaster planci) are sea stars living on coral reefs. They can grow very large (more than 50cm/1.5ft in diameter) and they feed on corals...

Palm trees across Wallace’s line

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Alfred Russel Wallace was a British naturalist who lived at the same time as Darwin. His travels to the Amazonian forest and the Malay archipelago led him to...



Offlineimap 6.4.1 and nested labels in Gmail

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I just upgraded to offlineimap 6.4.1 and I was getting the following error message: “ERROR: INFINITE FOLDER CREATION DETECTED! Folder ‘.foo’ (repository ‘gma...

Happy Halloween – Hibana gracilis

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The éclair sea cucumber in Okinawa

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A new paper with our Japanese colleagues was recently published in the Biological Magazine of Okinawa. It’s the first record of Holothuria nigralutea after i...

Evolution 3 and offlineimap

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I use offlineimap to fetch my emails from my Gmail account. I use labels as folders, some are nested, and some contains a dot in their names. I have about 12...


Photos: Heron & Egret

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Photos: Thanksgiving birding

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Photos: Millipedes

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Sea cucumber workshop in Guam

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Part of the lab is currently in Guam because of sea cucumbers. In the context of the PEET project, we brought together 15 sea cucumber specialists and stude...

Sea cucumber workshop

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I’m in Guam for the sea cucumber workshop. We are gathering experts and students to share the latest knowledge on the biology, ecology and taxonomic status o...

Invertebrates in the News #5 (follow up)

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Last week, I told you that Terry Gosliner was blogging about his field trip in the Philippines where he is looking for nudibranchs (sea slugs). Today, there ...

Invertebrates in the News #5

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Currently, the New York Times is hosting a blog series entitled “Scientists at work, notes from the field”. Today, Terry Gosliner from the California Academy...

Ubuntu color palette for OpenOffice

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I like the colors chosen by Ubuntu and I tend to use them for my presentations and posters. So, I created a palette that can be imported in OpenOffice. H...


Tonna perdix eating Stichopus sp.

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Not many animals are known to eat sea cucumbers. There is a good reason. Most of them have chemicals in their body, which probably doesn’t taste too good but...

Garli 0.96b8 patched to be compiled in Ubuntu

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Since Hardy, Ubuntu includes gcc 4.3 which makes the compilation of Garli 0.96 to fail. Derrick Zwickl provides a solution to fix the problem on the Garli FA...

Stichopus herrmanni releasing gametes

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Have a look at this video showing Stichopus herrmanni releasing its gametes. This event was captured by Emmanuel Tardy in New Caledonia. ...


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I started the year in summer as I was in the southern hemisphere. First, I participated to the 13th International Echinoderm Conference in Hobart, Tasmania. ...


Community phylogenetics seminar

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This Fall, I organized with Ben Bolker a seminar on community phylogenetics. You can see the paper we read here.

Summer activities

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Since I came back from my field trip in the Indian Ocean, I have been busy. First, I went to the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Fort Laude...

Trip to the Indian Ocean

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Tim Werner (University of Boston) wrote a blog for our recent expedition in Nosy Bé (Madagascar). After this trip to Madagascar, Arthur Anker and I spent two...

Morphbank workshop

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On May 1st and 2nd, I participated to the MorphBank usability workshop. It took place at FSU in Tallahassee. It was the occasion to interact with the develop...

My website is launched

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I decided to start a website to talk about my research and about the organisms I study for my PhD: the sea cucumbers. In addition of the things usually found...