Crowdfunding in the Peer Reviewed Literature

(x-posted at the #SciFund Blog)

ResearchBlogging.orgThe final version of Wheat et al.’s paper Raising money for scientific research through crowdfunding is out in Trends in Ecology and Evolution. A more hefty piece of #SciFund analysis is behind it (slowed down in no small part because of my sloooow processing of new data in fancy models). The Wheat et al. paper is a lovely short piece that Rachel and Yiwei (who crowdfunded the excellent Alaska Predator Research Expedition that has it’s new website over here) were gracious enough to ask Jai and I to participate in. In it, we cover the basics of crowdfunding for the academic sciences – what is it? what are the platforms you might use? what are some strategies for success?

Overall, this is a nice, gentle introduction that you should send to any colleague who either appears interested in crowdfunding, curious as to what it is, or is highly skeptical of the entire enterprise.

So go check it out!

Wheat R.E., Wang Y., Byrnes J.E. & Ranganathan J. (2013). Raising money for scientific research through crowdfunding, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28 (2) 71-72. DOI:

Linkage: A field guide to privilege in marine science

As someone who, admittedly, benefitted a great deal from Privilege growing up (it definitely lowered the barriers to my becoming a succesful marine scientist), know that this is true of MANY Ecology and Evolutionary Biology folk, and now think a good deal about how I can lower those barriers for students and mentees that come under my aegis, you should all go over and check out Miriam Goldstein’s A field guide to privilege in marine science: some reasons why we lack diversity.