Welcome to my blog.
You’ll find I write posts on Academia, Open Access, Phylogenetics, Palaeontology, Conferences and other such #phdchat here.
I’m currently a PhD student at the University of Bath *trying* to investigate the importance of fossils in phylogeny.
However the raison d’etre of this particular blog, is that I feel I’m facing rather too many silly and unnecessary barriers to my research:
- lack of data sharing
- lack of online data availability
- lack of data in immediately machine-readable digital formats
Perhaps all PhD students make such comments? But I feel my case has some uniqueness.
I study the use of comparative morphology in phylogenetic inference, with a keen appreciation for informatics, as demonstrated by presentation below.
If I was doing research with molecular sequences I’d have GenBank, and wouldn’t have so much to moan about. But for morphological data – it’s an entirely different ball game.
I’m trying to constructively point-out these problems where I can, for the benefit of science (my own research, as well as everyone else’s!).
Hence this blog – a platform for open comment on Open Science.
Contact address: Ross.Mounce (at) Gmail