There seems to be less and less funding for ecology. In addition, ecological questions benefit from being carried out in a lot of different locations – this allows for more general conclusions. Traditionally, an ecologist would get a bunch of money and do the research at all the sites herself. Another way to do this is to ge just a bit of money to organize the research, and get a lot of people from all over to replicate the same research wherever they are located.
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