A podcast from three early career ecologists about science, academia, and all that other stuff.
MR076: Hot takes!
Jon and Jeff explore the utility of the "hot take." Should or can scientists be more provocative in how they frame their science or how they interact with the public? What are the advantages? Disadvantages? Who can even do this--hint, hint it's clearly a privilege issue.
MR075: Defining "early career" with Drs. Cristy Portales and Lauren Hallett
Jon and Jeff are joined by Drs. Cristy Portales and Lauren Hallett to talk about the nebulous concept of the "early career" scientist. When does "early career" start? When does it end? We discuss whether it is purely a concept based on time since degree, achievement of certain milestones, or just how one defines themselves.
MR074: Theory for the Masses with Dr. Tess Grainger
Jon, Jeff, and guest co-host Tess Grainger talk about bridging the gap between ecological theorists and empiricists. Where are the challenges? What are the ways forward? What do we gain?
Paper for discussion: Grainger et al. 2022 (https://tessgrainger.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/grainger-et-al.-2022-amnat.pdf)
MR073: What Have We Changed Our Minds About?
Jon and Jeff address the absurdity of reviewing two articles a day, Jeff offers up a revolutionary idea for review papers, and both address whether they would or would not change any of the advice they have given out on the podcast over the years.
MR072: New Directions, Making Plans
Jon and Jeff are back and talking future directions and making plans--with a big announcement and a fair amount of navel-gazing
MR071: Fraud and Fabrication
Grace, Jon, and Jeff discuss the potential occurrences and frequency of data fabrication and scientific fraud in ecology. Just how rare is rare? What is scientific fraud? How do we detect it and how do we prevent it?
Tardy to the party but I absolutely love the podcast. I give it 10 days until I’ve listened to every single episode, please come back soon!!
Grad student dream podcast
I had a meeting with my advisor today and he gave me a huge reading list. I then got in my car to drive 2.5 hours home, as I am a remote/online PhD student (employed and do research at my work lab). Before I left campus I searched Major Revisions episodes and oh my god you discussed several papers on my list. Thank you so much. So helpful to listen to those episodes before reading the papers when I got home, what great primers! Could you sneak in more hypothetical comp exam questions? Love it, thank you!
Must listen as a student
It's as candid as going to a professor's office hours. You learn everything about really being in a science profession in current times. Would recommend to any fellow college undergraduate.