Keeping well on a PhD

A PhD is hard. Plenty of people have blogged about mental health problems while doing a PhD e.g. http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2017/04/phd-students-face-significant-mental-health-challenges https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/mar/01/mental-health-issue-phd-research-university In some ways I have an advantage as in addition to my Asperger Syndrome diagnosis I have a long history of anxiety and depression going right back to my early teens so am already equipped …

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Mission Invertebrate

This weekend I was back at The Regent's Park helping with their project Mission Invertebrate. This project is funded by the People's Postcode Lottery and is investigating what invertebrates live in The Regent's Park and how this relates to where the Park's hedgehog population lives. The project is a citizen science project - members of …

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Fieldwork finished!

After what feels like ages (actually, 5 months is quite a long time!) I have finished my fieldwork, hurrah! I sampled soil and leaf-litter invertebrates, and microbes, in total of 38 sites in 6 different land-use types (deciduous forest, coniferous forest, heathland, pasture, cropland and urban areas) with the aim to compare how species differ …

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Organising a conference is hard work!

March arrives and it's time for the annual Natural History Museum (NHM) Student Conference! I am on the student committee and so help with the organisation. There's a lot to do organising a conference but we learnt from last year and with new members on the team it seemed a lot less stressful this year! …

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The British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2016

If a scientist does research and doesn’t tell anyone about it, have they done research at all? Communicating results of our research to other scientists is essential, it allows others to critique it and make recommendations, build on our work and make decisions about how to manage issues based on the results. Scientists communicate the …

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