Parents, how do you do it?

I don’t know how people managed to do any work during the pandemic lockdowns with two kids at home. We’ve been struggling during the pandemic with one, but we managed well. Now that we have a second (I guess we needed a challenge), we have literally been actively parenting every single second of each day,Continue reading “Parents, how do you do it?”

Unfortunate luxury

Over the past couple of weeks, my boss and I have assessed a long list of candidates for our open PhD position. Considering that we had > 50 applicants, this turns into a serious task. We had the unfortunate luxury that there were quite a few excellent candidates. Having excellent candidates to apply for aContinue reading “Unfortunate luxury”

One afternoon. I think. I hope.

She really came two days too early. I had planned to be finished with everything work-related by the end of last week. And I would have made it, were it not that Lara was too eager to meet her parents and her big brother. She came a couple of days earlier than the ‘due date’,Continue reading “One afternoon. I think. I hope.”

I never thought I would ever prefer home office…

Slowly, but steadily, the end now really is in sight! It took a bit of work, and quite some stress, and even some sleepless nights, but we did it. Last week, we harvested our barley greenhouse experiment. Check! This past weekend I planted my first local Freising tansy field experiment – which consists of leftoverContinue reading “I never thought I would ever prefer home office…”

A good batch!

Today was another amazing(ly long) day filled with Zoom presentations from 9.00 am until 3.30 pm. These were the final presentation of the landscape planning course I co-co√∂rdinated this semester with the landscape planners on-campus. I’m responsible for teaching the students a thing or two about ecology, and how landscape planning can be optimized andContinue reading “A good batch!”

Teaching vs. Research

I love teaching. I hate teaching. I don’t know. Maybe I haven’t fully made up my mind yet about teaching. What I absolutely love about teaching are the interactions I have with students. Having interactive group sessions, q and a’s, one-on-one sessions with project students that every week can show a little progress. I loveContinue reading “Teaching vs. Research”

The power of team work

After a sleepless night, filled with anxious thought about failing experiments, this morning my team and I met up to ‘start aphid treatments’. They had not yet heard the latest news. They were quite surprised when I said that instead of adding aphids today, we would be removing aphids. Naturally colonizing aphids were the mainContinue reading “The power of team work”

About bagging an experiment…

I just returned from what was supposed to be a short chat and check-in with Stephan,the person leading our running barley experiment. This evening he planned the fungal infection treatment. When I came in, Stephan had finished spraying and bagging maybe a dozen control plants. Another 200 were waiting. He was very optimistic in thatContinue reading “About bagging an experiment…”