Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #411
The fieldwork don’t matter if you don’t tell people about it. Preferably through a strongly vetted process of statistical inquiry followed by equally strong peer-review. Publications: they’re important.
I know this is not news to any of us in the academic realm, but it may be for those of you out there who are a little less familiar with field biology. ‘Publish or perish’ isn’t just bland pabulum, it’s the truth about any academic endeavor. And so, dear readers, I have been working on my publication record so that you can read the formal findings of my endless hours in the wild, and not just the gross, ridiculous, scary and scatological details (although these are immensely important aspects of the work, too!).
Over the last few months, this blog has been, well, completely silent. I’ve been teaching at a wonderful university, continuing my research at another, and generally been trying to get stuff out. Now, just in time for spring, the fruits of my Tumblr silence are flowering all over the interwebs!
To celebrate this, below are some links to the actual RESULTS of all this fieldwork I’ve done (both current and past)! To continue celebrating this, along with my typical fare you’ve all been so wonderfully positive about, I’ll also begin intermittently posting about the academic outcomes of my fieldwork (and those of others that I find exciting, because my publication record is not - yet - inexhaustible and because there’s a lot of interesting fieldwork going on out there)! And when it’s my own work, I will most definitely be letting you know both the science and the art involved (e.g., exactly how many times I got pooped on and stung to get that glorious sample size…).
For now, here are some quick links to be followed up soon! Huzzah!
Vervet monkeys in South Africa also get their own version of HIV… but where did it come from? How is it transmitted? And how do they not get AIDS from it? Let me and a few friends tell you more about it…
MY FAVOURITE BLOG IS BACK. THIS IS IMPORTANT.