This time of year is always nice to take a break, relax, think back on the past year, and plan for the future. 2017 was incredibly exciting and contained memories I will never forget. Top 5 moments…
- Diane and I traveled to England.
- Collected ants across the US from Massachusetts to California.
- Published my first dissertation chapter in Ecology and submitted my second.
- Started a number of collaborations and really enjoyed thinking about and doing science.
- We added a furry friend to our family.
…and many, many more.
Looking back on the year made me realize how great it really was. Plus I accomplished almost all of my goals that I secretly listed for myself last January. This time, I thought I would put up my top 5 (academic) things I wish to accomplish so here goes…
- Finish my PhD.
- Acquire a postdoctoral position starting in 2019.
- Submit my 3rd dissertation chapter on arthropod body sizes.
- Learn how to incorporate phylogeny into assemblage/community analyses.
- Get involved with one professional society besides just being a member.
There are numerous other goals I could list (publishing side projects, attending conferences, running pilot studies, etc.), however these are the big ones that have been resonating in my head. That being said, with a number of papers in review, hopefully we will have some exciting news in the near future. Oh and…
Happy New Year!