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Are there any publishing scientists here at fluther?

Asked by AdamF (4002points) May 18th, 2011

I often read responses to questions which indicate a fair level of expertise.

It would be nice to know a little about active scientists here, such as your specific area of research, university or private industry, etc..

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krrazypassions's avatar

I am not one and I don’t know about anyone but I would like to know and so, thanks for this great question :)

AdamF's avatar


I guess it would still be interesting if there aren’t many (any) responses.

wait and see when the Americas wake up..

LuckyGuy's avatar

I might fall into that category – private company doing government funded research. Energy and aerospace related.

KateTheGreat's avatar

Not yet! I am in the process of conducting research for a book.

DrBill's avatar

their are several of us.

Nullo's avatar

Most of us are just really well-informed, but there very well might be published scientists among us.

AdamF's avatar

@DrBill Care to elaborate…if not, it might be of interest to know why.

DrBill's avatar

@AdamF There are several of us on here, I have two doctorates from UCS, and have been published in psychology today, and several others,

AdamF's avatar

Thanks Dr Bill!

I’m an ecologist publishing primarily in areas relating to the maintenance of biodiversity in managed production forests, and climate change ecology.

incendiary_dan's avatar

I write stuff related to anthropology and a bit of archaeology (and a bit of politics), but not on any sort of professional level. I’m more an independent scholar.

@AdamF Are you interested in permaculture at all? From your field of study, I suspect that if you haven’t already been exposed to it, you’d really like it.

AdamF's avatar

@incendiary_dan Although not referred to as such, the general ideology is certainly prevalent in forest ecology. For instance, we recently published a review paper which tied together diversifying managed forest composition and structure, with a variety of potential co-benefits for forest managers and society; including reduced risk of pest outbreak, wind throw, increased biodiveristy retention, etc…

Likewise, emphasis on trying to emulate natural disturbance regimes has been discussed for quite a while. Basically the push is for multi-use forestry, which emphasises more than just production outcomes, and aims for managed forest landscapes with greater diversity in structure, composition and function.

the100thmonkey's avatar

I’m currently researching my first post-master’s degree paper. I’m interested in EFL learner responses to automated feedback Vs. human-generated feedback on discourse-level features of written text such as paragraph linking adverbs and statements of position.

I couldn’t call myself a scientist by any stretch of the imagination, though – the sample sizes and general sloppiness that necessarily comes with performing studies on real learners would make ‘hard scientists’ and statisticians cringe, and I can’t have a proper double-blind control group as the subjects of the study must be identified in the assessment environment (it’s a 3rd party platform).

I’m more of a data-driven teacher.

AdamF's avatar

@the100thmonkey I should have been more broad with respect to the question, and opened it to publishing researchers rather than just “scientists”.

What are EFL learner responses?

poisonedantidote's avatar

I left school when I was 15 years old, I don’t have any kind of dimploma or degree for anything of any kind. But I do watch a lot of scientific documentaries and read a lot of scientific instruction books.

I am interested in physics, particle physics, cosmology, evolution, computing and a few other things, but I am only an amateur.

However, a couple of years ago I stopped watching so many documentaries, and started watching hour long university lectures on youtube and other such places.

I found documentaries to be a little repetitive in what they said, and started researching out of my own choice.

Could I make a real scientist think I know what im talking about? no. But I do know just about enough to make every day people think I’m smarter than I actually am.

cockswain's avatar

I got published for doing a lot of the lab work directed by a PhD organic chemist. Beyond that, I know a decent amount about general physics, math, molecular biology, and biochemistry.

Good question. Useful to know.

the100thmonkey's avatar

@AdamF EFL = English as a foreign language.

By learner responses, I mean how (or indeed whether) learners respond to feedback on the language they produce; i.e. whether they correct issues pointed out to them. Provided they do make a correction, I’m generally interested in the nature of the feedback that prompts it – is it adaptive correction where the learner deploys a more appropriate structure without explicit instruction, or guided correction,where the ‘appropriate’ structure is explicitly given by the teacher/computer/assement platform (‘you need to use ‘x’). Is the feedback seeking clarification or is it demonstrably illustrating deficiencies?

This is driven by my impressions of the platform I have to use for assessment as both prescriptive and vague at the same time.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’ve been published years ago for my research on pancreatic cancer.

Rarebear's avatar

I’m a physician, not a scientist, but I’ve published several medical articles.

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Dr_Dredd's avatar

I’ve had some published articles in geriatric psychiatry.

Coloma's avatar

I have published a species list of birds of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and contributed to migratory bird counts for Cornell lab of Ornithology.

AdamF's avatar

@Coloma Nice to meet another birder!

The Cornell lab is fantastic. I did my PhD in Bolivia and couldn’t have succeeded without their extensive library of bird songs/calls as a source.

Coloma's avatar


Wow! Bolivia! How cool!
My biggest excitement, well one of them, was playing male Western Tanager calls and having a Tanager blowout in my yard! haha

I’m a Waterfowl freak, lol

AdamF's avatar

We might need to start a twitcher thread… :)

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