A couple of months back, Ariane Pessentheiner interviewed me about my work as a researcher and my eventual transition to science communication. She wrote a very nice article about it, which I enjoyed reading very much. It was published by the NeuWrite San Diego science communication blog. Please, enjoy and follow Ariane on Instagram or Twitter, and check out her beautiful scicomm project.
For my undergraduate thesis in 2005, I studied the Oriental Firebellied Toad, Bombina orientalis. Males come around a pond to call for females, and females choose their favorite caller and move towards it. To make this possible, males have evolved a strategy to avoid calling simultaneously, which I reproduced in the lab.
In this video, I give a quick run-down of my career and research. It is the first part of four that I am making out of footage taken during my life AMA on the Instagram account of The Addictive Brain. I hope you enjoy it!
You can also find my CV also on this website.
This weekend I happily completed a manuscript describing my recent postdoctoral work. We took the opportunity to try a further step into what hopefully will be the future of publishing. So, next to submitting the manuscript to a well-known, peer-reviewed neuroscience journal, I made a version for bioRxiv. This is a preprint server that is supposed to be a biology version of the aRxiv which is a well-known resource for papers and other material on physics, math and related topics. The bioRxiv is run by the institution I work at, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The idea is to put out your work before it is being peer-reviewed by a journal and instead allow anybody to comment on it. The submission process is simple and it doesn’t cost a dime. It just takes a (short) while for someone to double check that the content you uploaded is actual science. My paper was released not even 24h after I submitted it.
Of course you need to be careful when deciding to put your work out there. If, for example, you are in a highly competitive field and only the peer-reviewed publications in certain journals are accepted by your peers as ‘proper publication’, you might not necessarily want to release your work this way. But I don’t consider my work to be that critical. 😉
Further, if you want to submit the same version of your manuscript to a journal, you might want to first check whether the journal allows it. On their website, bioRxiv links to some resources on this topic. Again, the specific journal I submitted the manuscript to is fine with it.
So, please read and comment on it if you so very much please. I am curious what effect this – for biologists new – way of handling scientific output will have on each of us!
The topic of my work is the impact of noradrenalin on odor learning in mice. And if you are interested in more work from the lab I am at, my adviser also submitted another manuscript earlier this week which compares the activity in neurons that process odor information in anesthetized and awake animals. This work was already accepted for publication in a quite prestigious journal.
I am quite excited!
the school I did my PhD at did not publish my dissertation for some unknown reason – they are usually pretty good at self-archiving these things. This might have been out of copyright reasons(?). However, I found out that all publishers allow me to self-archive the articles. Thus, I have no problem putting the whole dissertation online (yay!):