Over at the blog Small Pond Science is a really interesting and thought provoking post about understanding details of specific organisms in their environment vs. looking for those same patterns and processes on a global scale.
Do well planned and well executed experiments to test theories change the ecological world? Or should we instead rely on the large splash made by meta analysis and reviews?
And most importantly, what should a young scientist trying to make their career focus their time and effort on? Which has bigger impact?