@stemininevlog asked me why I originally wanted to get a doctorate. There were a few different reasons:
First, I said I had always been inquisitive about the world around me. And that this was helped by the fact that my father was a biology teacher.
Then, I said I wanted a degree behind my name so that when I talked, people would listen. We talked a little bit about how it seems women need a little extra validation for their opinions to matter. There's nothing wrong about us needing a professional label to tell the world that our insight matters, but we discussed that having a PhD in one field would lend credence to our ability to think in general.
The last thing, but which is really the most important, is that I absolutely love microbiology. Sometimes I complain about lab work, but it's usually because I often times get so stressed out about getting the experiment right that it creates some sort of weird anxiety. Yes, the academic research system is fundamentally flawed and can awful. But there's nothing better then sitting down in a silent lab and just getting to marvel at how amazing bacteria are.
This is a plate of bacteria that I took off of a root. They all live together, but we really have no idea how. And it's so cool that it's my job to try to figure it out.❤️ #love#science#microbiology#lablife#labpratpry#experiment#bacteria#cfu#cfucount#plant#biology#rhizosphere#womaninstem#stem#amazing#cool#academic#research#phdchat#gradstudent
My PhD helped shape me into the person I'm proud to be today. With this experience, I've contributed my knowledge and personality to growing a startup company, meeting new people, and now, traveling the world as a technically empowered representative because I am not afraid to talk at any level to our customers. All PhDs and researchers in training will contribute immense value if you let yourself think broadly about the impact you want to make in society. #freethephd#phdlife#phdchat#AltAc#postdoc#phd#Jobs
Is there an issue impacting life scientists that you're passionate about? Do you want to get your views heard? Do you have a story to share that could help others? .
Following the amazing contributions by Dr Emma Yhnell and Lizzie Mann, we're looking for more guest blogs from life scientists from all walks of life, at all levels of their career. .
If you're interested, we'd love to hear from you. Email [email protected] or send us a message!
Evolution of the Antarctic seals (Lobodontini) - Part 1:
There are currently four species of seal living in Antarctica.
From left to right, top to bottom: the Crabeater seal, the Leopard seal, the Ross seal and the Weddell seal.
The common ancestor of these four seals are thought to have entered Antarctica and speciated to occupy different niches.
The name "Crabeater seal" is a bit of a misnomer. Rather than eat crabs, it filter feeds on plankton in the water column using its teeth!
The Leopard seal also has this ability. But its dentition allows it to also have a more hypercarnivorous diet, and feed on larger animals such as penguins
Not much is known about the Ross seal, except that it has unusally large eyes. This is probably to aid it seeing in the deep.
And finally, the Weddell seal. This wierd seal is one of two tetrapods to stay in the inner Antarctic circle year-round, along with the Emperor penguin.
With such a wierd and diverse group, one might wonder what their distant relatives looked like.... #naturalhistory#nature#science#skulls#skeleton#bones#osteology#seals#carnivore#zoology#biology#ecology#palaeontology#animals#marinemammals#marinelife#marine#fossils#fossil#paleo#paleontology#phdlife#phdchat#PhD#scicomm
Images: Wikicommons, Arkive
I'm (lvs283) transitioning from my postdoc to a tenure track position at an R1 (research 1, land grant institution for context). Organization is vital. Pulling from the advice outlined in "The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure Without Losing Your Soul", I'm trying to prioritize an efficient filing system despite looming journal R&Rs and grant deadlines.
It's hard to feel like I'm being productive when this doesn't directly impact meeting current deadlines, HOWEVER, I know this will save buckets of time in the future. Who else is skilled at poorly named electronic files (e.g., blah blah first draft.doc) and hoarding important documents on your desktop (physical & electronic)?! 😫 Let's make a deal to clean it all up to free up creativity and attention!👌🏾
"Thirty-seven percent of employees have no sense of professional direction." If you're a researcher eyeing a life outside academia, don't fall into complacency! Are you happy where your career is going? #freethephd#phdlife#phdchat#AltAc#postdoc
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We are delighted to announce that we are now stocked on the CiteAb website! 👏
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Have you ever stopped to think about how many degrees combined you and your friends will have in a couple years? (It’s a lot) #girlgang#shinetheory
Some news...I’ve not really been sure how to tell you this, or thinking of the right way to fit this in to the characters allowed, but after 7 years of working full time as a researcher & doing my masters & PhD part time I’ve decided to transfer my PhD to full time. I don’t know how it will be but I do know I’m so excited to immerse myself in the subject and also get my weekends back 😂 studying is just part of me, so I’ll still be #sarahsometimesstudies just a little bit more then before. This photo of me I took some weeks after being awarded the funding, I was so nervous to see my application again I couldn’t read it. I took a selfie just incase it was ok... it was. I start in October #phdchat#openuniversity
If you're feeling a bit lost with your PhD, and things aren't quite working out how you thought they would, it's important you know that you're not alone. .
In the next of our guest blogs, PhD student Lizzie Mann shares her experience of some of the most common problems you might encounter, and how to work through them. Read the full article on our blog at the link in bio.
Are you a student that needs to sweet talk your Prof (a bit of ego stroking is always useful before asking for funding), or do you have a friend about to graduate from their PhD? We love these button badges from @teddyperkinsemporium! There may be a collab between us in the works.. head to their Insta and follow them to find out what, we’ll be revealing it there first 👀 #Repost@teddyperkinsemporium with @get_repost
You tell ‘em!
Link in bio.
Struggling to focus? Mind going everywhere? Maybe try some standing balances! Talking about two of my favourite standing balances over on @ph_d_epression today 🙌 I love yoga standing balances and always include them in my practice and class sequencing. Standing poses improve focus and concentration and therefore leave you feeling calmer. They strengthen and stretches the ankles and calves, they stretch the thighs, hips, shoulders, and upper back. They improve your overall sense of balance. Your feet will also be constantly shifting around to keep you balanced so let that happen, don’t get too stiff. Let yourself wobble and play and maybe fall. Then just try again!
Standing balances utilise tools of yoga that help bring steadiness to the mind - a fixed point of focus (look at something that’s not moving!) and a connection to the breath. You need to stay present to balance - when start thinking about other things you’ll probably fall over! There are lots you can try but two of my favourites and two I think are pretty accessible are Tree Pose, Vrksasana and Eagle Pose, Garudasana (pictured 👆). For Eagle Pose 🦅 start by bending one knee and then wrap the other over the top. It doesn’t have to double wrap as mine are. See if you can then bend a little more and hug the two thighs together 💪. Then wrap the opposite arm of the top leg over the other arm. It’s also ok if it doesn’t double wrap but do work on drawing the elbows up and the hands away to feel a nice stretch at the top of the back/shoulders 💪 Stay strong in the standing foot and leg. Engage the core to help balance - hug the navel back towards the spine. And breathe 😬 #yoga
32 pages. 7,990 words. 71 references. Year 2 progress report has been submitted! I can now come back up for some air. At least temporarily. LOL! Pray to the PhD gods that the review panel thinks my study is worthy of continuing. 🙏 #phdchat#phdlife#phdstudent