Today was all about structuring and narrowing down our project ideas further. Our noble leader, MC Eliza, took us through the steps necessary to begin honing in all of the research we compiled last Friday. Louie made the google doc, ” Developing Questions and Hypotheses 2019-02-05 ,” which is linked here:
One by one, we went through the four remaining project ideas and solidified testable questions, hypotheses, rationale *in progress*, and notes. We spent 20 minutes per topic, and busted out some grade A stuff.
A lot of people mentioned really cool papers and interesting threads of research to follow (lookin’ at you, Vincent)– but since we’re in the narrowing phase of our journey, we’ll have to pursue those topics another time!
An important point that Louie brought up is that in ecology, it’s really easy to get super into the systems that we study, and we can forget that other people miiiight not feel the same way. It’s hard to understand why some people wouldn’t be stoked to see huge piles of maggots– but those people do exist! So we need to start thinking about significance and the broader ecological community. As Louie said, that can be the difference between a paper that three people read vs. a paper that 300 people read.
We have a little bit of homework before the next class! Our take home agenda is:
1.) add to the google doc in any areas that aren’t fleshed out
2.) do some research to prepare for the RSWOT analysis (rationale, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) in the google doc
3.) come in ready to rock n’ roll with your assigned group, which is posted below
Zhizhou, Marina, Jess, Analisa, and Riley
Vincent, Sarah, Kelsey, Arianna, and Annaliese
Yu, Kasey, Nickolas, and Vivienne
Emily, Mia, Eliza, and Annabelle
We’ve made slack channels for group communication, so find your people and let’s get this bread!
For next class
1.) break into project groups and discuss RSWOT analyses –really focusing on rationale and significance
2.) construct and present elevator pitches — 2 minutes or less with a testable question, hypothesis, and rationale
3.) begin to think about realistic methods and feasibility (if we have time)