Thought I’d share the final question I was asked during my doctoral candidacy exam: if you could have dinner with any three deceased ecologists, who would they be and why?
I named Darwin, for obvious reasons, and Gause, for reasons I’ve previously described. Can’t recall who else I named. If asked the question today, I suppose I’d pick George Price, just to get to meet him, even though I don’t know that he’d be the best dinner companion. If I put more value on sociability I’d probably pick John Maynard Smith instead.
Provide your answers in the comments. If you like, you can broaden it to include evolutionary biologists (as I did in picking Price). But no branching out any further. No saying that you’d rather leave the ecologists in their graves and have dinner with Joan of Arc, Socrates, and Abe Lincoln instead. This is an ecology blog, not Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.