As many of you know, my husband and I took a 3-week trip to the USA to visit my family and soak up the history of Harper's Ferry and the incredible size of Sequoia sempervirens specimens. I left Sydney with many things burbling quietly away on my back burners, and returned to a just the right amount of chaos: urgent, exciting, and leaving us only marginally sleep-deprived.
First, I secured demonstrating and tutoring positions at UNSW. Awesome teaching experience- but surprisingly demanding of my energy and time. I enjoy it, at least when my students meet me halfway. It is frustrating when people don't even try, but that is a subject for somewhere else.
Second, I won an E&ERC postgraduate start-up grant! I'm very excited about this, and the money will definitely help support my up-and-coming fieldwork. Getting around by boat is expensive, and although I'm a pretty strong swimmer I don't think my plant samples will be up to the challenge.
Third, I have been accepted to present at the EcoTas13 conference in Auckland in November! It's a joint meeting between the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society. I'm incredibly stoked because I get to go to New Zealand, I get to talk about my research in front of other ecologists, and I get to meet other scientists doing interesting things in the name of science! I'm really looking forward to it. My feelings on the incredible amount of work to do between now and then? Pedal to the metal from here on out!
So there you have it, a few paragraphs that sum up the most exciting bits of my PhD life at the moment!