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From a crisis to an opportunity: Eight insights for doing science in the COVID‐19 era and beyond

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  • Julia Chacón-Labella, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA, United States
  • Mickey Boakye, University of California at Berkeley, United States
  • Brian J. Enquist, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA, United States
  • William Farfan-Rios, Living Earth Collaborative, Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, MO, USA, United States
  • Ragnhild Gya, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, Bjerknes Center for Climate Research, Norway
  • Aud H. Halbritter, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, Bjerknes Center for Climate Research, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Sara L. Middleton, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, United Kingdom
  • Jonathan Von Oppen
  • Samuel Pastor Ploskonka, Herbario Nacional de Bolivia, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, Bolivia, Plurinational State of
  • Tanya Strydom, Department of Ecology, Environment, and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, Sweden
  • Vigdis Vandvik, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, Bjerknes Center for Climate Research, Norway
  • Sonya R. Geange, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway
The COVID‐19 crisis has forced researchers in Ecology to change the way we work almost overnight. Nonetheless, the pandemic has provided us with several novel components for a new way of conducting science. In this perspective piece, we summarize eight central insights that are helping us, as early career researchers, navigate the uncertainties, fears, and challenges of advancing science during the COVID‐19 pandemic. We highlight how innovative, collaborative, and often Open Science‐driven developments that have arisen from this crisis can form a blueprint for a community reinvention in academia. Our insights include personal approaches to managing our new reality, maintaining capacity to focus and resilience in our projects, and a variety of tools that facilitate remote collaboration. We also highlight how, at a community level, we can take advantage of online communication platforms for gaining accessibility to conferences and meetings, and for maintaining research networks and community engagement while promoting a more diverse and inclusive community. Overall, we are confident that these practices can support a more inclusive and kinder scientific culture for the longer term.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEcology and Evolution
Volume11
Issue8
Pages (from-to)3588-3596
Number of pages9
ISSN2045-7758
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

    Research areas

  • HEALTH, RESEARCHERS, RESILIENCE, SUPPORT, data sharing, early career, inclusivity, networking, online collaboration, skill development

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