How are you today?

“How are you today?” my therapist asked me. I responded with a laugh – not sure what I was laughing about. I wasn’t sure. How am I today? “I feel good, I guess… Busy, hot and sweaty,” I said. “Running around, dousing fires.” “And the parking here sucks! Sorry I’m late,” I added. It prettyContinue reading “How are you today?”

Monday meltdown – disaster edition

Today was an absolute disaster, that started off with a couple of different Monday meltdown events. Or well. Heatwave meltdowns of the weekend that culminated in this horror show that was today. It could have been a wonderful day. A meeting on the final designs for the summer experiments. Another meeting with a new collaboratorContinue reading “Monday meltdown – disaster edition”

Friday Findings – Volume 3

A short overview this week, although not for lack of interesting things that happened. Here are the highlights from my week in ecology: Collaborate – collaborations are vital in academia. You can do more together than alone, and multiple brains are smarter than one. It’s also much more fun to discuss and discover with others,Continue reading “Friday Findings – Volume 3”

Friday findings – Vol. 2

This was a week buzzing with (tansy) activity! Here’s some highlights. 1) On Monday I gave a talk about some of the work we’re doing in my team on artificial light at night. In particular, I presented a study that is almost ready to submit. The talk inspired an interesting discussion, with some new ideasContinue reading “Friday findings – Vol. 2”

Friday Findings – Vol. 1

I promised myself that Fridays would be for a short recap of whatever it is we achieved this week in our tiny nook of ecology. This week was a very short week – Ascension Day being a bank holiday and also having taken today off. Nonetheless it was a pretty exciting week. Here’s some ofContinue reading “Friday Findings – Vol. 1”

Alarming insect declines

Over the course of the past five years, many scientific papers have been written about insect declines – some simply reporting patterns in observational data, while others have adopted rigorous monitoring combined with measurements of potential factors contributing to shifts in insect diversity and abundance. There are debates ongoing between entomologists and conservationists as toContinue reading “Alarming insect declines”

Plant talk

I just finished a 3.5 hour drive this evening, to the university town of Jena, where we are currently running a tansy chemodiversity field experiment alongside the bigger, older, boringly named, yet much better-known ‘Jena Experiment’. Briefly I considered spending the night in Lederhose, just so I could tell people I slept in Lederhose. AsContinue reading “Plant talk”

The stars aligned

The first day after an extended leave always is going to be a tough day. Ideally you catch up with all of the team members, and talk through everyone’s individual projects and what happened during the absence. Although all members of my team know their stuff, and know it well, the PhDs I currently superviseContinue reading “The stars aligned”

Dead forests, ghost towns, and sex clubs

I wish I could say that our weekend in the Czech republic started off quietly and rested, but unfortunately only the opposite is true. During yesterday’s dinner, my son said he was tired and wanted to sleep. I didn’t finish my meal, and brought him to bed. Instead of the usual smooth process, I spentContinue reading “Dead forests, ghost towns, and sex clubs”