SORTEE member voices – Malgorzata (Losia) Lagisz

By SORTEE | June 30, 2023

[SORTEE member voices is a weekly Q&A with a different SORTEE member]

Name: Malgorzata (Losia) Lagisz

Date: 30 June 2023.  

Position: Research Fellow.

Research and/or work interests:
I am a biologist with research experience and skills in different fields of science. I often venture outside biological topics and data, for example, into biomedical, environmental, conservation, or even social sciences. In my research, I use research synthesis methods, such as systematic reviews/maps and meta-analyses.

What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the open/reliable/transparent science movement at large or specifically in ecology and evolutionary biology?
Inertia - people, especially established researchers, are stuck in their way of doing science and thinking about science. Then they pass it on to their students.

What institutional policies do you see as most important to change to improve the reliability of science?
Prioritizing recognition for research being open, robust, and transparent - the whole system of incentives, but also values (beyond the lip service) must change. This applies to all levels and types of academic and professional recognition.

Where is someplace you’ve never visited but would like to? Why do you want to visit there?
Okinawa and surrounding islands in the tropical part of Japan. I would like to discover the secret of living to 100, especially if it involves amazing food and beautiful nature!

Tell us about one of your hobbies.
I like hiking, horse riding, and mushroom picking (not necessarily at the same time, but I have a friend who can do it!). Unfortunately, I don’t have many opportunities to do this.

What was your most embarrassing coding moment?
Realizing that I did not ask the person who collected the data about all the details (meta-data) and made assumptions that lead to having to discard and redo some of the analyses. Lesson learned - get all meta-data, don’t make assumptions, and communicate.

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