Where do good ideas for research projects come from? This is a very common question: “How can I come up with a good research idea?” The answer is: Give yourself time to think. Get away from the daily emails/meetings/university work. Here you have Bill Hamilton, a leading evolutionary biologist, who used to go fishing to come up with ideas. One of my favorite magicians (a hobby of mine) who always “sleeps with a pen and paper by his bed” in case he misses an idea. My ideas come from fossils: What’s your favorite dinosaur?

Post by Gareth Dyke, Editor-in-Chief of Biosis: Biological Systems (Published by EAPG), and Historical Biology (Published by Taylor and Francis).