This project has been about 8 months in the works, and I can finally announce it now! I have been working for the Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science with a team of three other fantastic women to revive the student blog of the QCBS, Le Beagle. Over the last few weeks, we have finally re-launched the blog replete with a beautiful redesign and a bounty of new content! If you are interested in biodiversity science, biology in general, or graduate student life, please go check it out. It is a bilingual blog written in both French and English, donc j’invite également tous les francophones à lire! I am very excited to be part of this re-launch and part of an organization committed to bilingualism in Québec.
Check it out, I am finally publishing elsewhere than my homegrown free wordpress account! I wrote a guest feature for the science blog ZMEScience about the phenomenon of bachelorhood in the animal world. Why do bachelors exist? Why doesn’t natural selection stop this madness? Can Photoshop illustrations that Sarah spent way too much time on help us understand? Find out here!
I am pleased as punch to be announcing a new project today: it’s a podcast!! Podcasts are an obsession of mine and I am very excited to now humbly count myself as a creator in this medium. I co-host The Friendly Podcast with Shrinkhala Dawadi, McGill psychology grad student/my friend/now my roommate. The meatiest part of each episode focuses on a selected topic about friendship, and then we spice it up with shorter segments such as “Friendships in Pop Culture” where we examine a friendship from a movie, book or TV show. We currently have two episodes out and we will continue to release new episodes every other Sunday. If this sounds like something that would interest you, please check us out and subscribe on iTunes! We can also be found alllllll over the social media scene on twitter and facebook. I have embedded our first episode here in this post for your listening ease (you will be not at all surprised to see it includes a Harry Potter-dedicated section)!
Today I had the delectable delight of being featured on a blog called Faces of Fieldwork! This science communication initiative is all about “putting human faces on academic fieldwork,” which is unsurprisingly totally my bag. They publish short anecdotes about fieldwork submitted by biologists alongside that biologist’s picture to help share the (hilarious, inspiring, sometimes total fail) experience of academic fieldwork with the public. I love this idea and I hope my fellow field biologists will take the time to contribute by submitting a story! You can read my little feature here.