Today the Australian Research Council has announced their 2016 Future Fellows, and among them is QAEco associate Fiona Fidler. She will take up a joint position between the University of Melbourne’s School of BioSciences and School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, and become a fully-fledged member of QAEco.
Fiona will pursue a research program centred on reproducibility, the ability to replicate an experiment or study and its outcomes. Recently, large-scale replication projects have evaluated the reproducibility of entire fields of research, and Fiona has set her sights on ecology as the next candidate. She will be on the lookout for publication bias, p-hacking, cherry picking and HARKing in the discipline, all indicators of poor reproducibility.
The outcomes of reproducibility projects in other disciplines (most notably, psychology and biomedicine) have amplified anxiety over the scientific evidence base; we can expect some controversial and potentially paradigm-shifting findings for ecology in the coming years.
QAEco congratulates Fiona Fidler on this prestigious award and looks forward to collaborating with her for many years to come.