Sometimes, it is good to have a critical look on our way to conduct research. As part of the GDR GRET (a French scientific network on trophic ecology), we investigated the strength, weakness and opportunities of the French Research in Trophic Ecology from a pool survey.
We identified three (non-French specific) disruptions that can be seen as future opportunities to further this field of research: (1) the lack of interfaces between microbial and Trophic Ecology, (2) research questions were linked to single study fields or ecosystem type, and (3) research activities still quite restricted to the ecosystem boundaries.
All three rupture points limit the conceptual and applied progression in the field of Trophic Ecology. Here we show that most of the disruptions within French Trophic Ecology are culturally inherited, rather than motivated by scientific reasons or justified by socio-economic stakes.
We plead there for a space for “Slow Science”, in order to find the brain availability to tackle these questions.