Hello! So this past Saturday I turned 24, I did so in style with lots of treats and lunch at the shard. I’ve seen a lot of people talking about their goals and what they want to achieve. This is natural given the new year and I’ve also seen a lot of my friends sharing their 30 before 30 lists but I thought to commemorate my birthday I would do something a little different.
It’s easy to continue pushing yourself to keep going and never look back on all you have achieved. So here is me, sharing 24 of my science goals that I’ve achieved in my 24 years.
- Graduated with a bachelors degree in Biology
- Have a masters degree in Conservation (Haven’t quite graduated from it though, I have to wait til the Summer for that)
- Created my own piece of scientific research – twice (thanks to my dissertation)
- Gone to a scientific conference – And not been too shy to speak up
- Write a scientific blog!
- Met astronauts and NASA engineers
- Been able to operate a microscope without any assistance and actually understand what I’m looking at!
- Complete water and soil analysis with usable results and didn’t destroy the lab in the meanwhile! (I did have one small disaster in my undergrad where I put a soil sample in the automated shaker, the pot wasn’t done up completely and a muddy mess went everywhere)
- Been able to identify numerous plant species correctly (including moss species)
- Been able to identify lots and lots and lots of freshwater invertebrate species
- I survived doing my a levels (I salute all of you who are doing them currently, A levels are really dang difficult!)
- Won an international prize for scientific research
- Have a job in the scientific world
- Write for the woodland trust!
- Complete field work in so many different kinds of places which include being almost flooded when working on a rocky shore in Cornwall, working next to an active quarry with actual explosions happening and working so high up on the mountains of Snowdonia that the air felt a bit thinner (it wasn’t so much the air but the hike to get that high up).
- Gone to ZSL debates to hear the worlds best and brightest minds talk
- Attended one of the worlds best universities
- Interviewed some incredible people
- Given presentations about my work to lots of different groups of people – which is always scary and always extremely rewarding
- Started taking real nature photography – A new hobby of mine which I am falling in love with!
- Became involved with the scientific community on a bigger scale
- Written two dissertations and countless other essays and reports that were good enough to get me my degrees!
- I know what photosynthesis is and how it works and stuff (please don’t ask me to explain it, it’s so complicated!)
- Developed a love that will hopefully last a lifetime
I can’t wait to see what the next 24 years brings to me in my scientific career! Let me know what your scientific achievements are and celebrate how far you’ve come!
So here we are at the end of another year on ThatBiologist, I have written two of these in the past to summarise how the past year on ThatBiologist has gone.
I am incredibly proud of this years series of posts, it’s definitely been a huge year for change as I have now finished my masters degree and started my first postgrad job! My main series that I was proud of this year had to be my Becoming A Master series. I’m really proud that I was able to document almost every week on my masters course and I feel like I gave a fair view on how hard masters degrees can be.
As with every year I am making room for new series which means old series are becoming archived. This includes my Mini Wiki series, obviously Becoming A Master has finished, The Monthly species and finally Fairyology. However I am very excited to be showcasing some new stuff next year and doing a revival of one special series!
Three Most Popular Blogs
My three most popular blogs in terms of views were all episodes of conservation conversations! These were for Nina Seale, Clayton Lamb and Holly Langridge.
But the three most popular blogs that weren’t from that series were The Disney Effect, Why aren’t all plant’s green? and July’s episode of the Monthly species!
My Three Favourite Blogs
Now I have written an awful lot this year so it does make it difficult to pick out my favourite blogs of the year. However, all of my favourite blog posts have been from my series Becoming A Master. It was fun to think of new topics and to write not months in advance! I would like to try and bring it back in a way so maybe watch this space:
In third goes to A chat about big game hunting. It’s a tricky conversation but one I enjoyed writing about.
In second goes to a week in the life just because I thought it gave an accurate representation of life in my masters.
In first goes to GIS: The Good The Bad and the Downright Ugly, if you were following my journey you know that I took a module in Environmental GIS it was one of my favourite skills I learnt but I did have a love hate relationship with it.
My best 9 photos over on instagram of this year! Come follow me I’m @thatbiologist there!
Thank you for all your support with the blogs over this year. I can’t wait to start again in the new year and produce even more content for you! I hope you all have a wonderful and restful winter break!
It’s already been 1 month since I finished my masters degree in Conservation from University College London! This past month has flown by but I am very pleased to tell you it’s because I jumped straight from my masters degree in to a brand new job!
My current position I am very proud to announce is an Editorial Assistant for Nature! I’m working on three new journals produced by Nature which are Communications Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It’s been really interesting learning a lot about academic publishing and how it all works but as I’m still only a few weeks into the job I have a lot more to learn! As for my masters degree, I’m still waiting for my final results to come in but when they do I can finally call my self a master of science!
And finally blog wise, there has been plenty to see with my work on The Woodland Trust blog which you can see HERE! And there is a brand new section on my blog with all the new photos I’ve been taking, I love putting my biological themed photos on my instagram but I often take a lot so I’ve created a gallery for you to go and have a look at my work.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this little update!
Honey, I’m home!!!
I’ve not posted here in such a long time but I have been writing and getting prepared for blogs right up until the end of this year.
I’ve had a little break to get myself into a new routine with my new job (!!!) but there will be more on that on Monday!
However, I have a little bit of house keeping to do on the blog. Just to let you all know I will be continuing to post blogs here on a Wednesday and a Sunday, but if that’s not enough for you I post regularly on my twitter, facebook and instagram that are all linked at the bottom of every blog post!
See you on Wednesday for an ever so slightly late Monthly Species blog!
So I hand in my dissertation tomorrow. It’s not quite the end of my masters but it definitely feels like it! So I hope you won’t mind this won’t be particularly about biology because I have to thank some people.
This degree has been emotionally, mentally and occassionally physically draining. I’ve put my heart and soul into it and it’s a wonderful feeling to be nearing the end of such a crazy year. I know it might sound cliche but I really really really would not have gotten through it without my wonderful group of people and I have to say thank you.
Firstly to my incredible parents. I wouldn’t have been able to do the course without your support and I cannot thank you enough for letting me have this opportunity. Your constant support throughout this year and my entire life is so important to me and I love you so much.
Secondly to my other half. He doesn’t get a mention here but he is my rock in life. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have him and really he’s just incredible. I love you and I always will.
Thirdly to my siblings. You forever make me laugh and smile and you remind me not to take myself too seriously. You guys are amazing!
To my inner sanctum, it has been a total pleasure getting to know you all this year. You are all so incredibly smart and I know that whatever you guys want to do in life you’ll succeed at. In 5 years time you can be sure we’ll be running the world. But seriously I thought this year could end up being a little lonely and it definitely hasn’t been with you guys around.
To Danielle, Amanda and Becca. My wonderful course friends, can you believe that from rooming together in Norfolk we have finally finished it. Thank you for being such great people to share ideas with and moan about how tough its been. I can’t wait to see where we all go from here.
And thank you to all the wonderful twitterati that have been a great source of enjoyment and support! Then finally thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read my blogs, it’s wonderful knowing that my words are reaching someone!
Hello and welcome to this ominous sounding blog!
I have been writing here for just over two years! I love every second of it and everyone’s support particularly on twitter has been phenomenal. Now before you think anything too wild I am not leaving or stopping in anyway! I actually want to grow my blog and take thatbiologist to new platforms. I’ve been working on a podcast series that I really want to develop as well as keeping up with new content here!
To do all this I need some funds. I’d love to own my domain here and become thatbiologist.com as well as keep everything free for the masses! So if you do enjoy my content and would like to support it you can donate to my new patreon page. By doing so not only will you be helping me here but you’ll also get sneak behind the scenes access to what I’m up to.
Thank you for your continued support! Happy Biologying everyone!