Cross-posted from the Open Quaternary blog.
For a curious person, one of the great benefits of being a Quaternary researcher is the breadth of research that is relevant to your own research questions. The recent publication of fifty key questions in paleoecology (Seddon et al., 2014) reflects this breadth, spanning a broad range questions that reflect human needs, biogeophysical processes, ecological processes and a broad range of other issues. The editorial board of Open Quaternary also reflects this incredible disciplinary breadth. To me it is clear that the Quaternary sciences is an amalgam of multiple disciplines, and, at the same time, a broadly interdisciplinary pursuit. To be successful one must maintain deep disciplinary knowledge in a core topic, as well as disciplinary breadth across topics such as ecology, anthropology, geology (and specifically geochronology), and you need a good grounding in statistics and climatology.
One of the things that is not always quite as apparent is the breadth…
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