Importance of accounting for phylogenetic dependence in multi-species mark–recapture studies

first_imgSpecies in comparative demography studies often have a common phylogenetic or evolutionary ancestry and hence, they cannot fully be treated as independent samples in the statistical analysis. Although the serious implication of ignoring phylogeny has long been recognized, no attempt has been made so far to account for the lack of statistical independence due to phylogeny in multi-species mark–recapture comparative demography studies. In this paper, we propose a Bayesian hierarchical model that explicitly accounts for phylogenetic dependence among species, and to correct for imperfect detection, which is a common phenomenon in free-ranging species. We illustrate the method using individual mark–recapture data collected from 16 seabird species of the order Procellariiformes. Data on body mass and phylogeny of these species are compiled from literature. We investigate the relationship between adult survival and body mass with and without accounting for phylogeny. If we ignore phylogeny, we obtain a positive survival–body mass relationship. However, this relationship is no longer statistically significant once phylogenetic dependence is taken into account, implying that survival may actually depend on an unmeasured variable that is correlated with body mass due to a shared dependence on phylogeny. The proposed model allows the integration of multi-species mark–recapture data and phylogenetic information, and it is therefore a valuable tool in ecological and evolutionary biology.last_img read more


first_img× THE KINDNESS OF HEROES — Mrs. Levine’s, Mrs. Fazzino’s, Mrs. Rodriguez’s, and Ms. Wilkowski’s fifth grade classes at Midtown Community School created Acrostic Poems using the word “Kindness” to show the importance of how all superheroes’ actions start with being kind.last_img

Harper Adams team wins gold for cereal bar

first_imgThe Gastronomies team from Harper Adams University has won gold at Ecotrophelia UK 2014 for its oat and blueberry cereal bar.The Beri Bar includes raspberry spheres, topped with a dark chocolate drizzle. The team has won a £2,000 cash prize as well an invite to become IFST Young Ambassadors and has received a one-year IFST membership and a number of Elsevier food science publications.The UK heat was organised by food and drink organisation Campden BRI in conjunction with the Institute of Food Science & Technology. The competition challenges young people pursuing a career in the food industry to design an eco-friendly, innovative food or beverage product with commercial potential.Cardiff Metropolitan University won silver and £1,000 for its Cwtch Circles – biscuits with a sweet apple centre covered in milk chocolate. The bronze and £500 was awarded to the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise team for Pot Delights – a ready-to-eat savoury snack made with chicken marinated in chilli, coriander and lime, served with mango chutney.Emma Garlick, a member of the Harper Adams team, who is studying Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing, said: “We are delighted to have won Ecotrophelia. All our hard work has paid off. We are now looking forward to the European finals in October.”last_img read more

Gov’t Mule Welcomes Jimmy Vivino, Oz Noy, & More At The Beacon Theatre [Photo]

first_imggovOn Saturday night, Gov’t Mule continued their 2018 New Year’s run with the first of two shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. Following a guest-filled headlining performance at Philadelphia, PA’s Tower Theater, Warren Haynes and company kept the guests coming at the historic Manhattan venue.Gov’t Mule opened the first set with “World Boss” off of 2013’s Shout!, before moving through a solid take on “Lola”. A larger than life “Leave Your Light On” into “Mr. High & Mighty” followed, before the rock unit dove head-first into “Mr. Man”, which included teases of the band’s namesake “Mule”. The quartet kept on moving forward with “Pressure Under Fire” and “Slackjaw Jezebel”, with Haynes dazzling the crowd with an electrifying guitar solo on his gorgeous Gibson Les Paul. Mule invited up blues guitarist Danny Draher to lend a helping hand on Duke Ellington’s “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be”, before bringing the first set to a close with “Funny Little Tragedy”, which contained teases of “The Bed’s Too Big Without You,” “Runnin’ Down A Dream”, and “Message In A Bottle.”Following a brief setbreak, Gov’t Mule came back onstage to open their second set with “Larger Than Life”, before moving through “Thorns Of Life”, “No Need To Suffer”, and “Unblow Your Horn”. The guests kept coming as Haynes invited up guitarist Oz Noy for “Red Baron”, and the two threw some sizzling-hot guitar solos back and forth. Following “Stone Cold Rage”, a group of dancers came onstage to add some extra theatrics to Mule’s set-closing “Thorazine Shuffle”. A cover of Derek & The Dominos “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad” served as the evening’s encore, as Haynes invited up Jimmy Vivino and Paul III to cap out the guest-filled night of rock and roll.Luckily, photographer Eric Gettler was at the show to capture some beautiful photos, which you can view below.Gov’t Mule will return to The Beacon Theatre in New York, NY for their annual three-set extravaganza on December 31st, where the band will be joined by guitarist Jackie Greene and drummer Shawn Pelton. Tickets for Gov’t Mule’s upcoming New Year’s Eve show are still available here.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | The Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 12/29/2018Set One: World Boss, Lola, Leave Your Light On > Mr. High & Mighty, Mr. Man+, Pressure Under Fire, Slackjaw Jezebel, Things Ain’t What They Used To Be*, Funny Little Tragedy%Set Two: Larger Than Life, Thorns Of Life, No Need To Suffer, Unblow Your Horn, Red Baron^, Stone Cold Rage, Thorazine Shuffle^^Encore: Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad^^^Notes:+ with “Mule” teases%with “The Bed’s Too Big Without You,” “Runnin’ Down A Dream” teases and “Message In A Bottle” lyrics*with Danny Draher^with Oz Noy^^with The Thorazine Shuffle Dancers^^^with Jimmy Vivino & Paul Ill; without Jorgen Carlsson Load remaining imageslast_img read more

New mayors, Harvard connections

first_imgNew city leaders with Harvard ties Michael Brennan (Portland, Maine), Peter Buttigieg (South Bend, Ind.), Angel Taveras (Providence, R.I.), and Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, Ind.) are joining more than 20 other incoming mayors from large cities across the country at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) Nov. 30-Dec. 2 for a three-day seminar on leadership and policy briefings on the issues they will face upon taking office.Newly elected Mayors Buttigieg ’04, Taveras ’92, and Freeman-Wilson ’82 are graduates of Harvard College; Brennan was a participant of Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program in 2004.The biennial Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors, co-sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is traditionally held at the IOP at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The newly elected U.S. mayors will participate in a variety of sessions led by academics, practitioners, and current and former mayors. Focusing on training for new city leaders, topics include the global economy, transitioning from the campaign to City Hall, finance and administration, and jobs and economic development.“We are pleased to welcome new U.S. mayors to Harvard,” said Trey Grayson, director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics. “This conference provides new city leaders an opportunity to gain important insights from scholars, policy experts, and political practitioners on a myriad of management challenges and key issues they will face.”last_img read more

County 4-H To ‘Explore Mars’ In 4-H Stem Challenge

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Program is taking part in the 4‑H STEM Challenge, formerly known as 4‑H National Youth Science Day (4‑H NYSD).The 4-H STEM Challenge is an annual initiative to inspire children everywhere to take an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on learning.The 2020 4‑H STEM Challenge will explore sending a mission to Mars with the activity, Mars Base Camp. Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities for youth ages 8-14. Youth ages 5-7 can attend but must be accompanied by an adult.The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Falcon’s Nest at 2001 E. Main St., Falconer. Participants will explore the surface of Mars via parachute and will then create a rover to explore further. The cost of the course is $10 for youth currently enrolled in 4-H and $12 for youth who are not enrolled in 4-H. All materials are provided. Face masks must be worn for the duration of the class. Register by visiting or by calling 716-664-9502 ext. 212. Class size is limited!The program is sponsored by the Science and Technology Opportunities for Rural Youth (STORY) Program led by CCE 4-H Community Educator Molly Brown. The STORY Project encourages youth to solve real-world problems with science, technology, engineering, and math. Upon completing the Mars Base Camp activity youth will receive a swag bag with fun prizes. The STORY Program is recruiting groups of youth in grades 6-12 who are interested in STEM. Contact Molly Brown for more information at 716-664-9502 ext. 216.last_img read more

Star Wars Hunk Oscar Isaac to Headline Hamlet in Brooklyn

first_img View Comments Oscar Isaac(Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images) Oscar Isaac, famous for playing fighter pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is going back to his roots. The actor is eyeing a return to the New York stage in Hamlet, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.Isaac says he was inspired by his performance in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse to take on the role of the troubled Danish prince, according to the newspaper. He plays evil mutant En Sabah Nur (the Apocalypse of the title) in the movie and even holds a human skull a la Shakespeare’s Yorick on the movie poster.Isaac is no stranger to off-Broadway or classical theater. The Juilliard graduate’s theater credits include Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, We Live Here, Grace and Beauty of the Father.No word yet on dates or further casting for Hamlet; a spokesperson for the theater company said he had “no information” about the production, though it seems to be eyeing a bow in spring 2017.last_img read more

Gardening Conference

first_imgThe Georgia Master Gardener Association (GMGA) Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Museum of Aviation Century of Flight Building on Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.For the first time, the conference is open to the general public as well as to GMGA members. This year’s conference is titled “Plants and Planes: Our Heritage, Our Future.”Conference speakers include University of Georgia Professor Emeritus Michael Dirr, a globally recognized woody plants expert, and UGA Professor Kim Coder, a world-renowned expert on urban trees. Mary Lynne Beckley, executive director of the Georgia Tree Council, will present Georgia Landmark and Historic Trees. Matt and Tim Nichols, owners of Mr. Maple Nursery, will speak on Japanese maple selections and their travels in Japan. Mark Maher of Southern Living will share new plant introductions.Master Gardeners and industry professionals can receive educational credits in the following categories: three credits for Forestry Category 23; three credits for Ornamental/Turf Category 24; and two credits for private pesticide.The conference garden market will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Available for purchase will be Japanese maples from Mr. Maple Nursery; native trees, shrubs and plants from Ernest Koone, owner of Lazy K Nursery (the largest grower of native azaleas in the U.S.); camellias from Massee Lane Gardens; daylilies from Bell’s Daylily Garden; and other plant materials from Vincent Gardens and Flat Creek Native Nursery. Linda Fraser, renowned native plant artist, will show and sell native plant art and prints.Registration is $115 for GMGA members and $125 for non-members. Register online at Friday, Oct. 18, the day before the conference, a free tour of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences Native Plant Garden will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The garden received the Native Landscape Award at the South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium. The museum is located at 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, Georgia.Master Gardeners of Central Georgia, including Master Gardeners from Bibb, Houston, Twiggs, and Crawford counties, worked tirelessly to lay out, label and map the garden beds, provide informative signage and address the natural landscape challenges to prepare the tour, according to Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program Coordinator Sheri Dorn. A Friday reception, set for 5 to 7 p.m. at The Farmhouse in Warner Robins, is included in the conference registration.The day after the conference, Sunday, Oct. 20, conference attendees will receive free admission to Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley, Georgia. A designated International Camellia Society’s Garden of Excellence, Massee Lane will be open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The gardens are located at 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley, Georgia.Mary Royal, owner of Royal Gardens in Elko, Georgia, invites all conference attendees to tour the gardens at no cost on Sunday. She will be on hand to answer questions about the gardens during self-guided tours between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Royal Gardens is located at 2541 Elko Rd. in Elko, Georgia.last_img read more

Inside Marketing: How to adjust your strategy during COVID-19

first_imgWorries of an economic recession loom as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the globe. While the everyday routines and the future of your credit union may be uncertain, it is possible to prepare for a successful recovery when normalcy returns. Businesses that adjust their marketing strategy during financial unrest are more likely to rise above businesses that simply cut their marketing department during difficult times.Executing your marketing strategy successfully in today’s environment requires the swift adaptation of your products, tone and messaging. If you leverage the following strategies in the short term, it will be easier for your credit union to prosper in the long term.Products & ServicesTake a look at what products and services you are (or were) scheduled to introduce. Are any of these products currently inappropriate to release during a pandemic?It’s important to remember that people have a lot on their minds. The coronavirus has changed the way we work and socialize—even how we wash our hands. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

The three-month event “Splitski litnji koluri” begins – three months of culture, sports and music

first_imgTonight on Split’s Riva, starting at 21 pm, this year’s starts Split summer koluri.Manifestacija u organizaciji TZ Splita koja traje tri mjeseca, a sadrži razne kulturne, glazbene i sportske sadržaje te kroz 96 koncerata nastupiti će gotovo 1600 izvođača. Večerašnjim nastupom Majorette of the city of Split i Split majorettes and a band concert Pink Panter, opens a summer program that will host musicians from 6 countries.”The program will satisfy the tastes of all ages and interest groups, so we invite all dear fellow citizens and tourists to choose, either concerts as part of themed weekends, or numerous klapa concerts and performances by cultural and artistic societies to present the cultural heritage of our city. ” ističu iz TZ Splita. Koncerti u lipnju i srpnju održavaju se na Rivi s početkom u 21 sat, a u kolovozu i rujnu s početkom u 20:30 sati.Take a look at the entire program of three months of entertainment imbued with culture, music and sports herelast_img read more