Opinion: Gone is the solitary genius – science today is a group effort

March 10, 2016

Dr Rachel StandishIncreasingly scientists are working in large collaborative teams to produce research of exceptional quality.

In a piece for The Conversation, ecologist Dr Rachel Standish from the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences explains the benefits of collaboration in her field and how it is helping ecologists to tackle complex problems and identify global patterns.

She gives the example of the Nutrient Network as a successful model of collaboration in ecology. ‘NutNet’ is a field experiment designed to understand the degree to which ecological trends uncovered at one site are repeated at multiple sites and in other environments.

Dr Standish also discusses how increased collaboration is enhancing her own interpersonal skills, arguing they have become as important as her ability to count, perform repetitive tasks and persist with the publication of her research.

To read Dr Standish’s full article, click here.

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