Hexagonal sticker with the Rostrum logo on it


A blog mostly about Pokemon and Dawson’s Creek, usually through the medium of R. Also sometimes some statistics and ecology might creep in here; sorry about that.


Matt Dray

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I like data and ecology. I’m currently an analyst and R evangelist in the public sector (my views belong to me and no-one else). I have a PhD in the effects of environmental change on plant litter decay (‘watching leaves rot’) from Cardiff University and an Entomology MSc from Imperial College London. I’m not the rapper. Nor the gynaecologist.

Adriana De Palma

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I’m a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Natural History Museum, London. I have a PhD in Ecology and an MRes in Entomology from Imperial College London, and a BSc in Biology from the University of Sussex.

In terms of my research, I am particularly interested in using large scale ecological datasets to answer policy relevant questions. I work on the PREDICTS project with Andy Purvis, looking at how biodiversity responds over time to land-use change and related pressures. My more general interests lie with science policy, statistics and weird and wonderful invertebrates (my favourite being Collembola -– the beautiful springtails).

The site

What’s a rostrum?

The mouthparts of insects in the order Hemiptera (true bugs). But also a speaker’s platform. Do you see what we did there?

Doesn’t this already exist?

Sort-of. This was originally a Wordpress blog. We might migrate those posts at some point.



The site was generated with the blogdown package from the mighty Yihui Xie.

We used the Hugo Lithium Theme forked from @jrutheiser/hugo-lithium-theme and modified by Yihui Xie.

The site is hosted with Netlify.

Logo and favicon

Logo designed by Matt using pixlr online image editor. Favicon created with (the antennae in the favicon will wiggle if your browser allows it).