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.
I picked up a handful of new lifers- risso’s dolphin, elegant tern, common tern, black-vented shearwater, buller’s shearwater and frustratingly brief looks at a Manx shearwater. Photo lifers of all but Manx, and also a few other new photo lifers (Heermann’s gull & Brandt’s cormorant).
I also didn’t get even a little bit seasick- yay seasickness drugs!
Unfortunately, the guide/company I was with was lackluster at best, nice guys but absolutely horrible guides. Plus our car was stuck with a horrible travel companion who was super rude and annoying. She kept interrupting me anytime I tried to talk so I ended up sitting in silence most of the ride there and back.
I watched a giant Mola mola hunt and eat a couple of the thousands upon thousands of Velella velella we saw at sea.
If I just ignore the human component of the trip, the rest of it was actually pretty awesome, lots of cool critters.
Today I got really good (and surprising) news!
I was referred for one of the law enforcement positions I applied for (meaning the veterans who applied had all been reviewed/rejected/turned down the position and non-veterans were therefore evaluated)… its the one I’d really want, so hopefully I’m the most qualified applicant! (it helps that I’ve job shadowed in that office, and its a GS-5 pathways position, so its limited to current masters/phd students).
Also, the store had tasty ginger snaps. This is the snack I’m convinced will keep seasickness away this weekend.
I don’t know why or how… but there have been at least twenty in the last hour. Luckily my dog is really good at catching them.