Knackt endlich die Haselnuß!

Verfolgt man die z.T. etwas hysterischen Reaktionen auf Twitter zum Schmusekurs der Thüringer CDU mit den Schmuddelkindern der AfD (die in Thüringen besonders schmuddelig sind), fällt oft der Gedanke von "Wehret den Anfängen!". Ein Kommentar zur braunen Welle, die nun auch Deutschland erreicht hat.

Thüringen 2019: Kein weiteres Afghanistan, sondern skandinavische Verhältnisse

Thüringen hat gewählt. Wie es aussieht, eine Minderheitsregierung. Eine Nachlese zu den Landtagswahlen im Osten (wie gewohnt, mit Wahl-O-Mat Netz).

Brittania sail away!

I sympathise with our former fellow Europeans, the British. But whether we like it or not, their electorate wants to leave the EU, no matter how stupid it's going to be. A short post on non-representative democracies.

Would you like to have your own edited paper collection?

One of the biggest problems in peer-reviewed science is editor-bias. So, my answer to Frontiers in Plant Science's nice invitation, even if I would still be in professional science, can only be no!

When dating is futile – plastome-based chronograms for oaks

With most-versatile programmes like BEAST at hand, everyone can do a molecular dating. Which makes it even more important that editors and peers check the priors and reasoning behind it. And always should make sure a palaeobotanist (or at least, a palaeogeographer) is one of the peers.

Soft phishing, and why anyone should know GoogleScholar

I still have a university e-mail address, for fiscal reasons. Hence, I still get what we call in German Initiativbewerbungen, not solicited applications for joining my working group (I never had one) from people in countries not as happy as Austria. And the one or other phishing mail.

Why you never should do a single-species plastid analysis of oaks

The fragmentation of science makes it more and more difficult to keep up scientific standards. Editors struggle harder and harder to find peers who have the knowledge and time to properly review the papers of others. Hence, in even relatively transparent peer-reviewed journals, the same errors are endlessly repeated. For instance: phylogenetic/-biogeographic studies on Chinese oaks using plastid data.