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Discussion. Due: May 28 th , 2013 1:30 PM in the 2013 Ocean 220 CollectIt ( catalyst.uw.edu ). “ Seldom will you be able to illuminate the whole truth; more often, the best you can do is shine a spotlight on one area of the truth. ”

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Discussion

Discussion

Due: May 28th, 2013 1:30 PM in the 2013 Ocean 220 CollectIt (catalyst.uw.edu)


Discussion

“Seldom will you be able to illuminate the whole truth; more often, the best you can do is shine a spotlight on one area of the truth.”

Day, R.A. 1998. How to Write & Publish a Scientific Paper, 5th ed. Oryx.


Discussion

Discussion sectionWhat do your key findings mean? How do they improve our understanding of the subject of your study?

Items to cover in your Discussion:

  • Do your results enable you to test a hypothesis?

  • Do your findings agree with previous studies? If not, have you learned something new? Or is the disagreement due to design flaws in your study or theirs?

  • Given your conclusions, what have we learned about the process or geographic region?

  • What future studies or measurements would you propose to resolve discrepancies?


Elements of the discussion

Elements of the Discussion

  • Address your key findings in the same sequence as in the Results. Provide your interpretations in context of the larger study (i.e. the findings from previous studies)

  • Note any ambiguous results and uncertainties in your interpretations.

    • Note reasonable alternate explanations

    • Identify constraints on your interpretation imposed by availability of data, accuracy of methodology, length of the study, etc.

  • State as clear a conclusion as possible that can be drawn from your data.

    • Relate this to the supporting evidence

    • Identify the significance of your findings, referring to your reasons for the study as described in the Introduction

    • Be clear about limitations – if you feel your study is conclusive, state it.

    • Comment on potential directions for future research


Discussion

Guidelines

  • This section should be one to two pages long.

  • Continue to favor the active voice.

  • Use a mix of past and present tense

    • Use past tense to describe your activities and observations

    • Use present tense for your interpretations of processes within Puget Sound

    • Example: “The increases in salinity and zooplankton biomass we observed with distance from the Snohomish River mouth suggest that zooplankton prefer higher-salinity water.”

  • Do not use entire sentences to restate your results.

    • There should be no new results in this section

    • The only new figures should be to introduce results from other studies

  • There should be few (if any) new references.


Discussion

  • Mixed Group Meetings

  • Provide an opportunity for you to explain your project to other students and faculty (good practice for your final oral presentation)

  • An opportunity to think about how your study be related to those from other groups

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