Welp, that title is actually a bit of a misnomer. I really have about 4 more days of field work that I need to knock out over the next week or so. DETAILS. I know I wrote a lot recently about how stressful the summer can be for me. It’s my busiest time of the year, field work is exhausting, and I probably don’t get enough alone time to really recharge (#introvertprobs). But, more than any of those less positive things, I really love how much time I get to spend outside each field season. I know I really like it, because I take about a zillion obnoxious iPhone pictures in the marsh each summer.
For your enjoyment, here is the view of my summer, from my smart phone.
Editor’s Note: Today, we are thrilled to bring you a guest post by my very own sister, Sara Wigginton! We look super similar, we also both study invasive plants, and her current lab studies an invasive wetland plant. I know, it’s weird. Regardless, she is a smart, funny ecologist, and Meridith and I are excited to share her words with you.
One of my favorite things about blogging is the ability to share the reality of my day to day life with you all. Sara’s piece really gets to the heart of what the day-to-day as an ecologist can feel like. Tell us your stories of the Science Grind in the comments section!
“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation”- Robert H. Schuller (A televangelist who said an insightful thing at least once.)
Some days I might be knee deep in a marsh, breathing in deeply the weird smell I’ve come to love, thanking my favorite deity (Mother Nature) that I don’t have a desk job.
If you follow me or STS on any of the social medias (Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr), you know that over the second week of November I traveled to Portland, OR for the bi-annual meeting of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF). It was a overwhelming, inspiring, fun week. In the past, I have written about my major tips when attending an academic conferences and Meridith has given insights into her conference fashion choices. This time, I thought it might be fun to recap the trip itself, for a little insider scoop on CERF and life as a graduate student at a professional meeting. I promise it’s more than sitting in talks, but you’ll have to read on to find out more!Continue reading “#CERF2015: A recap”→