Over the years we’ve done lots of advice posts on all sorts of things, aimed at everyone from prospective grad students to postdocs to faculty. Here are links to some advice posts that are relevant for the start of the academic year. This is just a sample; see the “advice” category or use the search bar for more!
For prospective grad students:
Here’s a bunch of advice from Meg for prospective grad students in ecology, and their mentors. And here’s some advice from me on choosing an M.Sc. vs. a Ph.D., choosing an advisor vs. choosing a program, and the importance of contacting prospective advisors in advance of applying (and contacting them in the right way). Check out the comment threads too, they’re full of win.
For grad students:
If you’re just starting grad school, one of the first things you’ll need to do is develop a research proposal. Here’s some advice on good ideas for a research proposal (good ones do tend to run to type), and here are some advice on common mistakes to avoid. Note that the two posts are a pair and you should read both. You can’t avoid the mistakes described in the second post simply by trying to follow the advice in the first post. And here’s Brian’s advice on how to survive your comprehensive exam.
If you’re brand new, here’s some advice on the postdoc to PI transition. See the “teaching” category for lots of teaching tips, such as Meg’s two posts on the use of clickers in the classroom. And here’s Meg’s ongoing compilation of videos for teaching ecology.
If you’re an ecologist looking to pursue a non-academic career, we have a series of posts from ecologists who’ve gone on to do all sorts of things. Here’s the first one.