Zen Faulkes

Biologist. Crustaceans, brains, behaviour, evolution, metascience.

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Twitter: @DoctorZen

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Better posters

Now available!

“This book is great.” - Stephen B. Heard, author of The Scientist’s Guide to Writing

“Should be in the library of any university with a graduate program.” - Kristen Briney, author of Data Management for Researchers

One of “7 Best new academic research books to read in 2021” - BookAuthority website

This book draws from over ten years of experience writing the Better Posters blog. It covers the entire poster session experience, from viewing, to designing and presenting posters, to organizing poster sessions.

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Twitter: @Better_Posters

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Blogs and websites

Academic science blog

Conference poster blog

Marbled crayfish research


Stinging the Predators

A collection of academic hoaxes.

Free PDF and on Figshare.

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Presentation Tips

A little ebook for academic talks.

Free PDF and cheap Kindle edition.


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