Microbes, lagomorphs, and the geographic range limit of a California endemic wildflower
A while ago I had some climate data that I needed to play with, but they were in a "wide" format that made analysis in R difficult. These data were obtained from weather stations across the range of C. xantiana, and their format may make sense to us humans, but for data wrangling / analysis, … Continue reading Using tidyr to clean messy, wide data
This always happens -- I have grand plans to post while in the field, then things get too crazy and I don't end up writing anything til I'm back home. But better late than never, I suppose. Summer 2015 field season was hot, dry, and productive -- kinda like the Central Valley! As we all know, … Continue reading Summer Field Season 2015
I gave my first talk this week, at the UMN Plant Biology seminar. The format was a series of "lightning talks," meant to be a 5-minute synopsis of some cool work you're doing. You can watch mine below. Trapped! A SoCal species border from John Benning on Vimeo.
First some pics of the early spring action around the yard: Returned from fieldwork on July 4th and came home to a very happy garden: I'll admit the "blended sowing" method made things a bit chaotic. But I think that's partly because I was gone for the first half of summer and couldn't keep as close … Continue reading Garden Update – July 2015
(This is a belated post -- all this garden prep happened in the spring!) I grew up in rural NC, so urban gardening is a new challenge. My mom has always had wildly successful vegetable and flower gardens, so here I'm hoping to emulate her green thumb, starting with lots of prep work. We're renting … Continue reading Garden Planning 2015
I'm finally putting together a proper website with a mixture of static pages and blog entries. We're still in beta mode, but with time hopefully this will become part field notes, part open lab notebook, part research summary. With some extracurricular posts thrown in, as well (DIY, gardening, etc.). Thanks for checking it out!
I needed to quantify volumetric water content for a water stress experiment I have going in the greenhouse, but jeez, even a relatively simple setup can cost a pretty penny ($300 -$500). So I went the DIY route. You don't want to skimp on quality for the actual sensor -- for repeated insertion in greenhouse … Continue reading VWC sensor hack
My first video post!
You know how when you're a kid you want to climb everything? Tables, curtains, trees, chicken coops, cars -- you name it. Well, that inclination never really left me, and in August 2012 I was able to satiate those childhood urges under the guise of "work!" Leaving the Florida summer behind, I packed all … Continue reading Into the Trees