Troubleshooting

Sometimes it feels like all I do is extinguish fires. Today in particular, everything was in flames. The day started with a meeting regarding issues around our newly appointed PhD researcher. She’s currently stuck abroad for corona-related reasons, which makes her life, and by association also our lives, more difficult than necessary. We prioritized someContinue reading “Troubleshooting”

Germany you should – a series (part 1)

When we decided to move to Germany (well, Freistaat Bayern really), I expected very little difference with my home country, the Netherlands. We’re neighbours. How big of a difference can there really be? The answer is quite a bit. As part of my recently started daily blog endeavour, I thought it would be a goodContinue reading “Germany you should – a series (part 1)”

Hit submit

Publishing something is not easy. One of the things that I find most difficult about publishing a manuscript, in the form of a manuscript, or, heck, even a simple blog post, is hitting the ‘submit’ button. When you write, even if it is a scientific manuscript, you bleed on the paper. At least that’s whatContinue reading “Hit submit”

An ecologist’s recipe for horrible sleep

One of my favorite aspects of being an ecologist or entomologist is the fact that I get to do some pretty nice hands-on experiments with living plants and insects. Most of this hands-on work I really love doing. Yet, while performing some specific tasks you can just feel that it is bad for your brain.Continue reading “An ecologist’s recipe for horrible sleep”

Stabbed to death

I am not so sure what to think of the corona vaccination programs. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not an antivaxxer or some kind of science sceptic. Quite the contrary. Science is a huge part of my life. Also, vaccines are life savers. Count me in on getting vaccinated. Get your shots too, please! Yet,Continue reading “Stabbed to death”

Two hundred

From today, I wanted to give myself a new challenge. Two hundred words a day. Every day. Writing is part of how I make a living. An essential part of life as an academic. However, sometimes work activities just carry you away from this important aspect of the job. Teaching, supervision of graduate students, carryingContinue reading “Two hundred”

We saw the birth of a hurricane!

The past few days just flew by. Poof. Gone! After our slightly disappointing encounter with Mahahual, we went further south, to Bacalar, and later Chetumal. In Chetumal we hopped on the ferry to San Pedro. Of course we had la Isla Bonita high on our list of things to do in Central America. Nope, justContinue reading “We saw the birth of a hurricane!”

I don’t like cruise ships

After we left Playa del Carmen a few days ago, we spent two days in Tulum, a smallish town a bit off the coast, with nice beaches a short bike ride away. Tulum town itself is nothing too special, although we found quite some interesting looking local restaurants and taquerias off the main road, whichContinue reading “I don’t like cruise ships”