In response to many, but no particular ‘ask’ - do not allow any blogger to be a replacement for your own research.
You guys ask me a lot of questions, many of them are awesome, well though out questions, and I don’t answer them fast enough, and for that I apologise.
However, certain questions make me shake my head in exasperation. I’m not google. In fact, to answer some of these questions, I do just head to google and type in the same text that was sent to me.
It’s a waste of my time, but more importantly yours. Being told the answer is not learning. I’ve done all the work for you, and I’m the better for it. But that doesn’t really help you…does it?
Learning is more than getting the answer and ticking that box, or getting a good grade. It’s about the process. The critical analysis you exercise by reading different sources, by not believing everything Wikipedia tells you, by forming your own opinion, is priceless.
It’s not the easier option, but don’t be scared to flex those muscles, to make mistakes, to get constructive feedback. It will help you grow as a biologist, as a scientist, as a person. I refuse to steal this from you.
Ask me my opinion, ask for guidance on where to start looking, ask context, ask for advice, but not for an answer you can find on your own.
Let sites like Google Scholar be your friend. Find sites where your scientist heros like Joe or David, or any of the Southern Fried Scientist, Deep Sea News or Sea Monster team’s blogs and get some context. Keep up with the latest.
Feed your own mind. You’re never too young to start.