User:Carl Boettiger/Notebook/Stochastic Population Dynamics/2010/05/17
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Annual Progress Report
Tomorrow will be meeting with my dissertation committee: Alan Hastings, Peter Wainwright, and Brian Moore. This provides a good opportunity to summarize the status of my current projects and my principle accomplishments for the year. Will try a tex'd document as I've done in previous years but here's for some preliminary brainstorming.
Early Warning Signals
Structured Population Dynamics (aka beetles)
Talks & Conferences
Methods and Misc
Footnote on some stats
Thanks to the various Science 2.0 spirit technology I've employed in my research, it's remarkably easy to get statistics on what I've done over the year. For instance, as I read articles I add them to my Mendeley database, making it easy to recover my article statistics, and also plot these trends over time. Similarly, version management software such as git makes it easy to track the progress of my codes. Will be interesting to revisit these stats next year. Meanwhile:
Articles: I've read 144 articles since November (when I started using Mendeley). Most read journal has been Evolution (25 articles), most read authors are Peter Wainwright and Johnathan Losos. 81 articles were in comparative methods. 6 have been reviews I've done for different journal submissions.
Code: I've written over 9000 lines of code in five projects: regime_shifts (1417), structured_pops (684), Comparative-Phylogenetics (2265), Adaptive-Dynamics (1326), wrightscape (3380).
From discussion with Sebastian: Structured population dynamics need to consider stage transitions as simultaneous two-step events rather than two one-step events. results in slightly different form for evolution of the covariance matrix. Excepting this yesterday's form is accurate.