Every year we invite readers to ask us anything and we’ll answer. So here’s your chance!
In practice, “us” probably means “Brian and I”. Meghan has only ever answered two AUA questions in six years if memory serves. But who knows, maybe this year will be different! We live in
totally irrational hope. 🙂
“Anything” means “anything related to ecology or academia, that’s not a homework problem.” Past questions have covered everything from allocating your time, to field work safety, to the most common mistakes in grant proposals, to how we’d fix the entire scientific funding system, to the least-obvious ecological claim that we’re confident is actually true. And if you have any questions about the ecology faculty job market that can be answered with data, I’m your man.*
You have a week-ish to submit questions to this comment thread. You can also try tweeting questions to @DynamicEcology, but you run a bit of a risk that I won’t notice them (@DynamicEcology is just a robot that announces new posts; I’ve stopped checking replies to it all that often). Anonymous questions are fine; you can just enter a fake name and email address if necessary. You can ask more than one question, within reason.
Please be patient while we answer. 🙂 We’ll try to get to all the questions as soon as we can but it might take a little while.
*No, not like that.
UPDATE: Comments are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted a question!