Buckle up! It’s gonna be a rough ride…

I’m scared. There, I said it. I’m bloody scared! This whole pandemic situation freaks me out, and it’s exhausting. I try to do my job as an academic – teaching, supervision, research – while generally keeping in mind the safety of myself and those that I’m responsible for, being my team and my students. BeforeContinue reading “Buckle up! It’s gonna be a rough ride…”

Admittedly, this was better than Zoom…

Today I taught my first ever in-person class to people, since having a teaching contract (about two years now). I’ve done similar forms of teaching as a student assistant many years ago for a variety of courses, but it somehow feels different as a teacher. Today we taught biodiversity. I’ve taught the same course lastContinue reading “Admittedly, this was better than Zoom…”

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”

Teaching ecology in China

As part of my teaching, I offer so-called ‘projects’ to students that are interested in the work I do. Projects are basically semester-long student projects that can be part of longer-term research, or can be something tailor-made for the students. The idea is that students get to think about a subject, formulate hypotheses or researchContinue reading “Teaching ecology in China”

You have to find pleasure where there is none…

Alright, I’m just gonna say it. Grading student exams sucks donkey balls. It is probably one of my least favourite things to do out of all things academic. It is of course a necessary evil, and therefore it needs to be done, and needs to be done with care and attention. The switch to onlineContinue reading “You have to find pleasure where there is none…”

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”