Limits of transparency in ecology
Abstract: In ‘Last Chance to See’, Douglas Adams wrote “It was hard to avoid the feeling that somebody, somewhere, was missing the point. I couldn’t even be sure that it wasn’t me.” In a decade of increased openness and transparency in the life sciences that nagging feeling remains. More research and materials are available than ever before, but what do we do with it, and what is it for? This talk will outline the difficulty of synthesising evidence in ecology when the things that matter the most are the hardest to measure.