Biodiversity Blogging for Le Beagle

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.

If you want to keep up with Le Beagle, we are also on Facebook and Instagram!

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An Unhealthy Obsession with Foxes

Whenever I draw anything lately it ends up being foxes?

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Maybe this is all part of my journey to find a very specific niche of art that needs to be filled: lupine cartoons. Oh, who am I kidding, for all your cute animal doodle needs you needn’t look any further than Louie Zong, whose adorable style has definitely inspired me to learn how to harness the power of Photoshop!

New art, projects, posts, and photos (hopefully not all about foxes) will all be coming up in the future here, just a bit infrequently as I jump back feet first into the hot pan of chaos that is grad school this September. I think I mixed about three different metaphors there but you get me. Talk soon, pals!

Guest Blogging on ZMEScience!

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!

New Project: The Friendly Podcast

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)!

Faces of Fieldwork Feature

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.

Becoming a Real Scientist & Returning to Canadiana

Hail and well met, blog readers! It’s been a while. One whole month to be precise. Which I spent working in the field collecting data for my Master’s research on weta, those crazy giant nocturnal crickets I like to think about!

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A female Wellington tree weta we extracted from a tree branch for research purposes. More photos to come!

I unfortunately was not able to keep y’all in the loop while I was doing my research on Maud Island in New Zealand because the internet connection was très limited, and thus the downloading and uploading of media items was not an option on the docket. But now that I am nestled in Vancouver airport for a casssssual 9 hour layover (shhhh let’s pretend that’s not happening right now), what better time to give a news update? Continue reading