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About Me

Want to email me? Fire away: Ross.Mounce (at) Gmail

Welcome to my blog.

You’ll find I write posts on Academia, Open Access, Phylogenetics, Palaeontology, Conferences and other such #phdchat here.

I’m a PhD student postdoc at the University of Bath studying the use of fossils in phylogeny and phyloinformatics. I started out as a Biology undergrad student at Imperial College, progressed to a Masters degree at the Natural History Museum, London. I submit my thesis sometime in 2013. I submitted my PhD thesis 2013/10/03 and passed my viva 2013/12/16 at the University of Bath, so I’m now Dr. Ross Mounce.

As a direct consequence of my research I have become involved with the Open Knowledge Foundation, particularly the Open Science Working Group as I think there is much room for improvement in the way that science is currently done – particularly with regard to providing Open Data & Code in re-usable and frictionless ways.

As of 2012 I am a Panton Fellow & council member of the Systematics Association

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. There are databases but not many people in this community use them like MorphoBank & Dryad which I’m glad to say people are using more and more now, although they didn’t in the recent past.

I’m trying to constructively point-out certain problems in science and academia 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.