I'm a herpetologist by training but a naturalist at heart. My masters thesis is looking into the Panamint alligator lizard, Elgaria panamintina. In particular I'm focusing on identifying its range and testing out a variety of novel techniques which may benefit the field of herpetology as a whole. I post things that interest me and often post updates on what I'm doing in the vertebrate museum, in the field, or in the lab.
On one hand my research plans for the summer are shaping up nicely and karma is completely screwing with the person who stole my research plans.
On the other I’m thoroughly infuriated at the professor of this class and his insistence that science must conform to his views. I received a bad grade on my presentation because it wasn’t big picture enough for him. In his review he made a statement I really disagree with “Science is a pursuit of general principles, even though we get there through individual details.”
Science is about the pursuit of knowledge… it can be to understand big principles but it can ALSO be about “small” things, you know… like the many papers about obscure plant genetic interactions we had to read.
Science is about knowledge. knowledge. knowledge. Just because you find it boring doesn’t mean its not science.
What’s there to do in the north part of the park? I’m doing some scouting this weekend for my research and am trying to figure out what to do. I’m not planning on actually surveying for the lizard, just getting a feel for the habitat and what sort of field gear I’m going to need to bring.
Also… Inyo NF? What’s there to do on the east side of the forest?
Just heard back from the company and they say there’s space available so I’m going to go ahead and book a spot on a pelagic out of half moon bay on May 4th.
I’ll be in the bay area the 2nd and 3rd for the CSU state research competition (presenting my research on Elgaria identification)… and figured… why not. I’ll be sort of near by, and can just book a hotel room for the night in that area.
I haven’t been on a pelagic birding trip before… so it should be fun (and hopefully not sea-sick-y).
Strong urge to go birding instead of going to work.
Going to work anyway because I’m a responsible adult.
I can apparently give a somewhat interesting forty minute long talk (with a good 10 minutes of discussion about the talk)… everyone was alert and paid attention the whole time (not a single person fell asleep!)… the discussion about the papers was a bit more tedious, but that was to be expected based on all the past paper discussions.
I really like how I formatted the powerpoint and will probably do all my future powerpoints in a similar format, it just looked so lovely and polished on the screen.
Pretty much all the stress of the week is over… (I figured out a way to do my research without technically touching the animals and had a chance to talk with my research adviser who really helped de-stress me about the look-only thesis concept) so now its just an hour or two of teleworking and then its off to Humboldt County for a long weekend of birding!!