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

Photography and Departing to the Other Side of the World

Dearest readership, hear ye hear ye: I finally updated my Canada photography on this blog! Sounds like a cute little task, but has actually been the cumulative effort of the past several weeks, sorting through all the old photos I have fermenting on my computer and deciding which are worthy to start a new fermentation process here on the internet. See below a sampling of oldies-but-goodies that I found, plus some new stuff from a recent weekend trip to Saguenay (a region in northern Québec that is currently a winter wonderland).

Well, that collage has no unifying theme and I love it.

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Sprucing Up Old Photos

I have a backlog of photos that I’ve been meaning to edit, and finally my addiction to podcasts has left me with enough what-do-I-do-with-my-hands time to actually learn how to edit them! (You know you’re a hopeless podcast addict when you’re trying to find activities that will allow you to keep sitting around listening to your shows…) Voilà, my first attempts at doing some selective colour editing:

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