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