NEW feature! We asked former PSG Chairs (aka seabird gurus) to share inspirational quotes for students and early career scientists, and here’s what they said!
Quote of the Month – February 2017
“There is no substitute for extended time in the field and just watching your study species going about its daily life. Evolution has given us a brain which is marvelous at integrating what we see and hear in order to understand nature. Often the quantitative data, statistics and modellng just confirm what our intuition tells us. And if not, I am always suspicious of the data analysis. Most of the major advances in evolution and ecology have come from people that really knew their organisms and environments well before they took on the serious analysis, for example Darwin, Robert MacArthur, David Lack, and Edward Wilson.”
Alan Burger, PSG Chair, 1998
University of Victoria
“Institute of Brachyramphology”
We asked senior members of PSG to reflect on what makes a good oral presentation and they said:
- Prepare your “take-home” message(s), have them guide your content
- Create an outline before you start working on any slides
- Limit text on slides, use active words and short bullet points, at least 16 pt font
- Speak slowly and clearly
- Do a practice talk, and take reviewer feedback seriously
Check out “Scientifically Speaking” published by the Oceanography Society.