recology
code and such

Have you ever wanted to easily visualize your ecology data in [Google Earth][googleearth]? [R2G2][r2g2] is a new package for R, available via [R CRAN][rcran] and formally described in [this Molecu...

It can be a pain in the ass to get taxonomic names. For example, I sometimes need to get all the Class names for a set of species. This is a relatively easy problem using the [ITIS API](http://www...

I need to simulate balanced and unbalanced phylogenetic trees for some research I am doing. In order to do this, I do rejection sampling: simulate a tree -> measure tree shape -> reject if not bal...

#### UPDATE: In response to Jarrett's query I laid out a separate use case in which you may want to query by higher taxonomic rankings than species. See below. In addition, added examples of query...

We ([rOpenSci](http://ropensci.org/)) started a repo to wrap the API for [VertNet](http://vertnet.org/index.php), an open access online database of vertebrate specimen records across many collectio...