I am the fiddlehead-foraging queen
Dinner was perf~~~~~~~
- Dad: I was looking at your freaky yoga book, and that shit isn't normal
- Me: But I love it and I can do most of those poses so....
- Dad: So, you're not normal
I went to the ecological research symposium today at the research reserve and I’m so vvskfvkxvkjvkjzvskj crazy in love with environmental research. I could explode right now. My former TA was presenting his Master’s thesis on meadow regeneration and I ended up talking to his girlfriend for a while and we’re super into biking and exploring abandoned places and built heritage so we traded contact info and I think we might look at cool stuff when we have time.
The whole morning was awesome. The presentation took place in the restored barn on the site, and I ended up hiking through the trails afterwards by the osprey nests (the education specialist told me where to find it lol) and the researchers’ field plots and looking for the litle caves by the river.
Everyone was fantastic and friendly and brilliant. I crave this kind of intellectual experience.
There were a lot of cool presentations on pollinators, sexual dimorphism, succession outside of forest ecosystems, predation habits of insects, and a huge upcoming geochemical monitoring project. I really loved the doctoral research presentation on the island effect of habitat fragmentation. I talked to the guy for a while afterwards about how to quantify corridors in future research. Talking to the doctoral and post-doctoral researchers about future research paths is really helping me figure out what sort of direction I want to go with my degree and co-op experiences. It seems that no matter what study or what I do in ecology, the interconnectedness of the systems would allow me to flow from dendrochronology to benthic monitoring to successive regeneration to soil nutrient analysis and everything in between. I can still do policy work too! If it’s possible for me to be a field researcher/policy developer/community educator/tactical heritage regenerator in the future, I will be the happiest person in the world.
I met another girl in my year from school, but she was in a different program… but I can’t handle social interaction with peers. I ended up being awkward and I can’t even remember her name and I’m horrible. Like, I’m fine talking to post-docs and researchers and adults etc., but I can’t deal with peers. I’ve already successfully shed myself of all friendships at school (I think haha), so now I can just do what I want to do - study and yoga and volunteering and working and sitting in the library and knitting and slacklining and hiking and figuring out ukulele……
Candidate for Bachelor of Life in Being Alone and Loving It and Being Much Happier This Way with a Specialization in Disregarding Everyone