Oh no you can’t

I have had some excellent mentors during my education and academic lifetime. Mentors have helped me through the darkest moments, and helped me excel in the good. Many of them I am still in touch with, either regularly as friends or collaborators (and often both), or sometimes less regularly, for instance through scientific or careerContinue reading “Oh no you can’t”

Germany you should – a series (part 2)

If I had to name one thing that is worse in Germany than anywhere else, then Pommes would unequivocally take the first prize. Congrats Pommes, you really are Scheiße. Potato fries… I’ve always had bad experiences with German potato fries, regardless of where I ate them in Germany. My wife is German, from the EiffelContinue reading “Germany you should – a series (part 2)”

Like father, like son

I’m one of these people that really REALLY cannot hide their opinion of things around them – good or bad. My facial expressions are pretty strong, and I think it is hard for me to hide those. Especially, joy and disgust are easy to read off my face, but when I’m confused about something, myContinue reading “Like father, like son”

Student teachers

Today was the closing session of the Terrestrial Ecology Group’s Biodiversity course. Our course was given entirely online, and we never met the students in person. A challenge. We uploaded weekly asynchronous lectures (most of them by my colleague), combined with synchronous paper seminars. During these seminar sessions we discussed one or more papers onContinue reading “Student teachers”