Planning a new study or research program can be full of unexpected challenges. Much can be learned along the way, but a well-planned project can avoid painful delays and hiccups and increase workflow efficiency and the result of our effort. The goal of Think, Do, and Communicate Environmental Science is to help make a research experience smoother. The book is structured into three interconnected sections. The first section explains how to think like a scientist. How to systematically and critically read scientific papers, going beyond just looking for facts, and how to choose the right type of graph to convey results. It also explains, in general, the process of collecting data, how monitoring programs work, and the differences between direct and indirect measurements. In the second section, Ivanochko illustrates how to do science. By using real examples and comparing different research questions, the reader learns what good research questions are, how to approach answering those questions, and how to search for peer-reviewed literature and data. Afterward, she shows how to select data with the best resolution and how to understand, visualize, and fill gaps in a dataset. She puts great emphasis on working with environmental time-series data, particularly on how to identify and isolate different signals in composite data, differentiating signal from noise, and using several descriptive statistical and simple modeling methods to characterize your data. The third section finishes with a guide on how to communicate scientific work in the form of a research proposal or an abstract. Overall, the book is easy to read, also thanks to the content boxes with detailed practical information. Using traditional, pay-for software is fine, but the author could have incorporated other free and open-source software. As a doctoral student, I am glad to have come across such a book. It is a valuable resource and a practical guide that can be used by pre-graduate students that need to write a thesis and by early/mid-stage graduate students that are becoming researchers.
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Menares, E. Tara Ivanochko: Think, do, and communicate environmental science. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY 23, 263 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42974-022-00094-7