Moving forward, I believe that the interface between ecological systems and the fringe of anthropogenic impacts is becoming closer and closer. This convergence has amplified ecological “tipping points” to the point where the slightest of environmental impacts can result in dramatic ecological responses, which can rapidly cascade through the ecosystem. Consequently, the field of environmental science has entered a time when researchers need to think at larger, more global spatial scales and need to consider the combined effects of system drivers. We find ourselves at the doorstep of significant global environmental changes, and with these changes follow a myriad of ecological questions. As a research scientist, this cannot be a more exciting time and I believe we need engaging student researchers to continue to address (and continue to ask) these challenging questions.
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