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Overcoming the obstacles faced by early career researchers in marine science: lessons from the marine ecosystem assessment for the Southern Ocean


Brasier, MJ and McCormack, S and Bax, N and Caccavo, JA and Cavan, E and Ericson, JA and Figuerola, B and Hancock, A and Halfter, S and Hellessey, N and Hofer, J and Puskic, PS and de Oliveira, CS and Subramaniam, RC and Wallis, J and Weldrick, CK, Overcoming the obstacles faced by early career researchers in marine science: lessons from the marine ecosystem assessment for the Southern Ocean, Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, (AUG) Article 692. ISSN 2296-7745 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright © 2020 Brasier, McCormack, Bax, Caccavo, Cavan, Ericson, Figuerola, Hancock, Halfter, Hellessey, Höfer, Puskic, de Oliveira, Subramaniam, Wallis and Weldrick. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00692


Pressure in academia and science is rapidly increasing and early career researchers (ECRs) have a lot to gain from being involved in research initiatives such as large international projects. But just how inclusive are they? Here we discuss experiences of ECRs directly involved in the Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO), an Australian led international research project to assess the status and trends of Southern Ocean ecosystems. We review the benefits of ECR involvement in large-scale initiatives to the project deliverables, the leadership team and ECRs themselves. Using insights from MEASO, we outline the obstacles that may become barriers to ECRs in scientific research in general but with a focus on large-scale research projects and suggest potential actions to overcome these at the individual, institutional and scientific community level. We consider the potential for ECRs to lead future Antarctic science programmes with a focus on science communication and applied research for policy makers within a global setting.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:early career researcher, ECR, large-scale projects, MEASO, interdisciplinary science, collaboration
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Brasier, MJ (Dr Madeleine Brasier)
UTAS Author:McCormack, S (Dr Stacey McCormack)
UTAS Author:Bax, N (Ms Narissa Bax)
UTAS Author:Hancock, A (Miss Alyce Hancock)
UTAS Author:Halfter, S (Ms Svenja Halfter)
UTAS Author:Puskic, PS (Mr Peter Puskic)
UTAS Author:Subramaniam, RC (Miss Roshni Subramaniam)
UTAS Author:Wallis, J (Dr Jake Wallis)
UTAS Author:Weldrick, CK (Dr Christine Weldrick)
ID Code:140612
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-08-31
Last Modified:2021-02-11
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