NUÑEZ martin Andres
Striking a balance between the literature load and walks in the woods
NUÑEZ, M. A., CRUTSINGER, G. M., SIMBERLOFF, D., SANDERS N. J.
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Año: 2008 vol. 6 p. 160 - 161
Graduate students in ecology are busy with teaching, lab meetings, coursework, research, and having a life (however minimal) outside of the lab. While we have no choice about the amount of time we devote to some tasks (ie lab meetings are from three to four oclock on Thursdays), prioritizing time spent mastering ones study system versus keeping up with the current literature poses a dilemma. Should we be investing our time in observation of the study subjects, or should we be catching up on reading about cutting-edge topics in our disciplines top journals? Our advisors would probably say we should do both, but there are only so many hours in the day to read papers and watch beetles, and, after a certain point, coffee is no substitute for sleep. While we do not claim to have any magic solutions, there are some tricks that can help graduate students to both stay current in new research and know their own systems.