By Angela, Aug 8 2016 05:37PM
I'm finally adding the capacity for a blogging function to my site. I've been hesitant to do so because I'm not sure if I'll post very often. I like the idea of posting semi-regularly to a site where I can share information about my work and keep a little log to look back on, but I am a little hesitant to add to my to-do list and to (someday, inevitably) lag behind on maintaining it. Fears of a stale blog aside, here I go! I'd like my blog to be about my research, my career path/job searching, and maybe a little about other science-y topics.
So far, 2016 has been a really fun and productive year for me. I'm busy bringing the components of my dissertation together and am starting to see a light near the end of my PhD tunnel! More on that later.
A few days ago, I returned from the annual Botany meeting in Savannah, GA. It was so great to catch up with some people I've met over the years. I also attended Evolution in June in Austin, TX. I was pretty nervous to attend and present my work at both meetings, but I am happy to report that the meetings went well! (Note to future self: conferences always turn out to be a blast, so you should always go if you can and try not to be nervous.) The inspiration and knowledge I gathered this summer will definitely keep me on track and help me finish strong, so to speak.
Speaking of finishing strong, the Rio Olympics are in full swing. I watched part of the women's road cycling race yesterday. It looked grueling for the athletes, and I was pretty sad that the American who held the lead for a good portion of the last leg of the race lost in the end. Aside from the race itself, the cyclists rode through some densely vegetated areas that I longed to botanize. I can't wait to botanize in Brazil someday. Isn't that one of every botanists' dreams?