Monday, April 13, 2015

And before you know it, a year has gone by

I've neglected my blog. It turns out, graduate school takes up a lot of time. Add on top of that, life. Also, all the links to photos seem to be broken... I'll get to fixing that some time in the next year. Ha.

Quick update: yes I'm still working on my PhD at UNM. No, I'm not almost done, I have about a year to go, putting me at about a 6 year duration. This is still somewhat flexible depending on what I want to do with regards to finishing or doing a predoctoral fellowship.

Major events: I'm presenting a talk at the annual meeting for the American Society of Mammalogists, during the plenary session. It comes with money and honors and all that good stuff. It's kind of a big deal.

The past year, while pretty awful regarding emotions and my personal life, has been really good to me professionally. I have a couple publications that should be coming out in the next 6 months or so (assuming other people stop dragging their feet) in high impact journals. I'll post links to the abstracts once they are available.

Right now what's on my plate is getting my ASM talk put together. The challenge is getting all the technical details in there while still making it accessible and interesting, and limited to about 15 minutes long. This is hard because the talk is pretty heavy on modeling and computering, and I'm talking about paleo stuff at a meeting dominated by people who work with still living animals. But they gave me an award, so I must be doing something right.

I will be giving a similar version of said talk at the annual Vert paleo meeting in Dallas. Which brings me to this lovely gem I came across while procrastinating on Facebook.

That's all for now. Yes, I'm alive. And I'm going to make an effort to post once a week on this thing. And those posts will be more coherent and thoughtful than this.


Next time: Bergmann's Rule, what is it, and is it a thing, and if it is a thing what does it mean?