What makes a great scientist? Part 4: collaboration

Science is challenging, which means generally more can be achieved when working in teams. Different people have different skills, ideas, and approaches, so often, a team can solve problems which an individual working alone couldn’t. In fact, today, most publications, studies, and grant proposals involve multiple individuals and partnerships, in some cases reaching the thousands. … Continue reading What makes a great scientist? Part 4: collaboration

What makes a great scientist? Part 2: Perseverance

If you want an easy, straight forward career, scientific research and academia are likely not for you. I am sure all careers require dealing with rejections and numerous hurdles, but few will keep you waiting for a first permanent job until you are close to 40 (or older) and require a constant competition in which … Continue reading What makes a great scientist? Part 2: Perseverance

What makes a great scientist? Part 1: peer review

In a somewhat pretentious move, I have decided to start a brief series within my blog (hopefully will also be an excuse to write more often) discussing components of what it means to be a (great) scientist, or more pragmatically what things you may want to pay attention to when trying to secure a job … Continue reading What makes a great scientist? Part 1: peer review

Brain size and extinction risk in mammals: or the most difficult paper to publish (yet)

My last entry was about a paper that I really enjoying doing. This entry is also about a paper I enjoyed doing (skip to the subtitle to read more about that) and how my joy was ruined by the publishing hurdles. We submitted this paper for the first time nearly three years before it was … Continue reading Brain size and extinction risk in mammals: or the most difficult paper to publish (yet)