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Teaching a grad class was SO WEIRD. Fun at times, but weird. So often I felt a little out of body about being a professor, teaching a GRAD CLASS, marvelling that it was…
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  • April 23, 2019
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On teaching my first grad class
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Earlier, if you'd asked me what I was doing with my life, I would proudly say I was hoping to get my PhD in Marine Biology. But hundreds of thousands of students embark…
Why I am questioning pursuing a PhD
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After more than four years of hard work, I finally obtained my PhD. On December 8th, 2016, at 11.00 am, I successfully defended my thesis. The thesis committee rated my…
Four years of hard work coming to an end: I finally obtained my PhD
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On the first day of class, I admitted to my senior seminar students that I was running something of an experiment with them - we were going to negotiate the syllabus…
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  • April 23, 2019
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That time I invited my students to negotiate the syllabus
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Upon reflection of my research study I found myself starting to question every decision made. This microscopic scrutinisation effortlessly highlighted every flaw,…
Hindsight is not always everything
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The past few years have been such a steep learning curve and I look back at my naïve, optimistic first-year self with a little bit of fondness for blindly jumping onto…
It's the final countdown: The last year of my PhD
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Indian scientists have launched a preprint repository where researchers can archive manuscripts from multiple disciplines. The online repository will help to improve the…
India launches its own preprint repository to improve the quality of science
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I wonder if I’ll always feel anxious, jealous, tired, and insufficient even amid professional success or notable accomplishments. I imagine myself in ten years and am…
Am I good enough: From high school teacher, to counselor, to assistant professor
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My desire to work towards saving and conserving wildlife started when I was 10 years old. I knew I did not want to be a vet; I wanted to be outside, surrounded by nature…
How I made a career in conservation biology
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I've had several people tell me that "tenure is no big deal," both pre- and post-tenure. I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree. I know that tenure is not some…