Zen Faulkes

Biologist who studies crustaceans, brains, behaviour, evolution, metascience, and conference posters. And now DORA Program Director!


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Better posters

“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

“This excellent book is useful and enjoyable to read.”Conservation Biology 38: e14211

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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Blogs and websites

Academic science blog

Conference poster blog

Marbled crayfish research 


Stinging the Predators

A collection of academic hoaxes.

Free PDF on Figshare.

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Presentation Tips

A little ebook for academic talks.

Free PDF and cheap Kindle edition.


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Last updated 21 February 2024.