Why Halloween IS scary

Every year I see streams of carved pumpkins on social media, many of which are genuinely impressive and bursting with artistic flair.I'm not against pumpkin carving as an activity, I'm against how much pumpkin is wasted every year as people discard the pumpkin flesh and seeds after carving their masterpieces.If everyone ate their pumpkins, it... Continue Reading →

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Can we live with a warmer planet?

'Humanity is performing an unprecedented experiment on global temperatures, releasing millions of parts of carbon which had been sequestered for millions of years.' - Mark Lynas, Author of 6 Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet I've always been fascinated by climate change, so I was excited to attend a recent discussion at the University... Continue Reading →

PhD: First day!

Today was a very big day: I started my PhD! I decided to write a quick post about how my first day went to give other readers some idea of what to expect if they're due to embark a PhD; there's nothing worse than having that awful 'fear of the unknown' feeling. 

Why social media is good for science

"You simply must have an online presence" - Karen Peterson (Director of Scientific Career Development, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre). There are many pros and cons surrounding social media, and it has often faced controversy due to privacy issues and cyber bullying. There are undeniably a LOT of disadvantages to social media, and I believe that... Continue Reading →

Favourite things: August 2017

Each month I'm posting a few of my favourite (mostly science related) things. You can read my July favourites here. Favourite blog 'Tell me about your research, this time with feeling' -  Susana Martinez-Conde & Stephen L. Macknik This is an excellent blog post about how science communication needs to build emotional relationships with the... Continue Reading →

Versatile blogger award

Firstly, a huge thank you to Conservationist Krissy  (@Conservationistkrissy) for nominating me for this award! I've been reading her posts ever since I started blogging a few short months ago, and it turns out we have quite a lot in common (including our love for bats). I'm really pleased to have been recognised, as it's... Continue Reading →

I’m ‘batty’ about bats, why aren’t you?

I've always been fascinated by bats. They're the only mammals that can truly fly; if that's not cool, then I don't know what is.Whilst studying for my degree, I was lucky enough to study bats in urban areas for my third year research project. Whilst everyone else had a summer break, I spent an entire... Continue Reading →

Preparing to start a PhD

In just over 6 weeks, I'm leaving my job as a research technician to begin my PhD at Exeter. Eeek! I've done a few things in preparation: I've secured a room in Exeter. I am still going to live in Bristol most of the time (we have a lovely apartment, I love the city, and my... Continue Reading →

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