About this Research Topic
We are dealing with the strategic and logistical challenges facing the cephalopod research community by addressing the need for rapid mechanisms for data exchange, the sharing of protocols among a small, globally distributed research community, and not least the need to convince policy makers and funders of the relevance of the topic for scientific progression.
From hard core molecular genetics to welfare, history and art, cephalopod science is willing to promote the next generations to facilitate the growth and the breadth of this challenging field.
We believe that there is the need for better phylogenetic resolution; more effective sharing - of everything! – videos- tissues- methods; the need for field data, cephalopods are not laboratory animals and we need to understand their behaviour in their natural environment; non-invasive methods for physiological study; the incorporation of functional genomic approaches using 'model species' that are more genetically tractable; the importance of cephalopod welfare, compliance and ethics; understanding personality traits; cephalopod-inspired engineering.
We are interested in stimulating public interest in cephalopods and artistic interpretation, and using a variety of media and approaches to convey our excitement about the cephalopods to a broader audience. School children's fascination with cephalopods can excite interest in scientific discovery and encourage them to engage in conversations about the scientific process and what it means, but we will also offer innovative schemes for further public engagement. It is increasingly important for the public to be scientifically literate as they face a world in which they may be bombarded with 'fake news', ‘alternative truths’ and in which expert opinion is often derided.
We therefore welcome papers that reflect a broad content for an interdisciplinary publication in Frontiers.
Keywords: Cephalopods, Physiology, Neuroscience, Plasticity, Policies, Future Trends, Research Frontiers
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