Author Archives: richard telford

About richard telford

Ecologist with interests in quantitative methods and palaeoenvironments

The elevation of Lake Tilo

For my PhD, I studied the palaeolimnology of two lakes in the Ethiopian rift valley, using diatoms to reconstruct changes in the water chemistry of Lake Awassa, an oligosaline caldera lake which retains its low salinity despite having no effluent … Continue reading

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Conference abstract deadlines

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Douglas Adams When I go to a conference, I want to present my most recent relevant work. But often the deadline for abstract submission is months … Continue reading

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No new data no comment at Nature Communications

Of all the modes of post-publication peer review, comments published in the same journal as the original article are the most visible, and because they have survived editorial and reviewer scrutiny, carry at least modicum of credibility. Unfortunately, comments are … Continue reading

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Insist() on the text and numbers agree in Rmarkdown

The manuscript I submitted a long time ago contains multiple sentences where I describe the result with both text and numbers. For example: With a three-year moving average, the correlation is weak (r = 0.21) and not statistically significant (p … Continue reading

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Citing R and packages automatically

Almost every manuscript I write has a paragraph that looks something like this: All analyses were done in R version 3.4.4 (R Core Team 2017). Ordinations were fitted with vegan version 2.4-6 (Oksanen et al. 2017) with square-root transformed assemblage … Continue reading

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Chironomids are cunning wee beasties

Since I had examined almost every aspect of the data from the remarkable Lake Żabińskie chironomid-inferred August air temperature reconstruction, some time last summer I thought that I would, for completeness, have a quick look at the instrumental temperature data. … Continue reading

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Low chironomid counts from Lake Muzzano

I am aware of at least 10 papers authored by Dr Larocque-Tobler where there is good evidence that the chironomid count sum has been misreported (a corrigendum to one of these papers admits that a count sum of 19 was misreported … Continue reading

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