On Sunday I presented my new citizen science project Earthworm Watch at two Nature Live events at the Natural History Museum.
Every year the Natural History Museum Student Association organises a conference held for Museum-based students to present their research. This year I am on the Student Association Committee so was involved in helping with the conference, and also presented a poster and a talk.
Organising a conference is hard work! There are sponsors to find, speakers to invite, programmes to produce, catering to arrange, and things you might not even consider such as booking porters for the tables and ensuring Museum security procedures are kept to. Organisation began before Christmas but the last few weeks leading up to the event were the busiest, and thankfully it all went well.
Sunday was Valentine’s Day, and this year I managed to visit home to spend some time with my boyfriend, Andrew. We had an earthworm hunt! and then the more classic takeaway and movie.
I also enjoyed some of the entomological Valentine posts on Twitter, which I gathered into a Storify:[View the story “Spineless Valentines” on Storify]
Check out the hashtag #academicvalentines too for pithy academic humour.
A day late for #wormwednesday this post looks back on the earthworms I identifying during my volunteer work on the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group BESS Earthworm Project.
Three weeks into 2016 and I am only just writing my first post – tsh! My excuse is that I rather rashly booked two training courses back-to-back, and have only just got back to my desk(s) at the Natural History Museum this week. The first week of the year I was in Bristol on a Software Carpentry course, followed by a course on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Newcastle the week after. I am planning to blog both of these courses next week but this week I have been frantically catching up with work (PhD and personal) so have not managed to do so.
Appropriate at this time of looking backwards to the previous year and forwards to the next, this #ThrowbackThursday covers my interview which lead me to be a PhD student in the first place!
Ah the Christmas and New Year break – the season for writing guilt…
Thankfully I managed to avoid being dragged to see the Oxford Street Christmas lights this year but as my Christmas-loving boyfriend was visiting it would be rude to not show him any and he was happy with seeing some of the Regent Street lights during a day out in London.
As I described in an earlier blog post, work last week consisted of mostly Christmas parties! Starting off with the the Natural History Museum Student Association Christmas Party and moving on to the Soil Biodiversity Group Christmas gathering where my supervisor Paul Eggleton tried on my Christmas hat! Sadly I was unable to join the group Christmas meal afterwards but it was great catching up with volunteers, students and staff.