Anyone that knows me and readers of this blog may know that my PhD did not exactly go according to plan. This started basically exactly half way through my PhD, at the beginning of my 3rd year when my supervisor left, initially temporarily, and then a few months later that turned permanent. I will not … More Things I learned during my PhD – Do’s and don’t’s for students to staff
The last month and a half have been a whirlwind for me, hence the lack of blog posts. Here’s a bit about what I’ve been up to, and what’s next for me. After submitting my thesis in July, I immediately started working on my talk for SVP, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting, which … More Onwards and upwards! SVP, PhD and more…
Learning to code is something that a lot of people do in their PhD. Programs like R or MatLab are common in highly mathematical and quantitative studies, and in studies with a large amount of data. For this reason, these kinds of analyses and programs have traditionally been uncommon amongst palaeontologists. When you have a … More Confessions of a palaeobiologist learning to code
2016 is screeching to a halt, so I thought I’d do a brief wrap up of the big things that happened last year to me, and what I’m hoping for and looking forward to in 2017. For reasons I won’t go into, 2016 was a pretty tumultuous year for me in terms of my PhD. … More My year in review – bring on 2017!
Pterosaur biomechanics is something that I’m obviously very interested in, and the launch of pterosaurs is something that has been heavily debated. Traditionally, pterosaurs were thought to launch like birds, either running on their hindlimbs and jumping, or vertically launching into the air. However, it has been suggested more recently that they may have launched in … More PhD Opportunity – pterosaur launch
Now that it is October, I am officially in my 4th and final year of PhD. This is a daunting thought, that has caused many unpleasant thoughts to pop up. Will I finish? Why am I doing this? What is the point? Will I ever get a job? That nasty Imposter Syndrome is rearing it’s … More #Thesissaysno – Entering my final year of PhD
Apologies for the title… Anyone who was with me on my last trip to Romania will remember the discussion of the potential for small pterosaurs in the Late Cretaceous, which rapidly turned into the search for “ptiny pterosaurs”. While I’ve always liked giant pterosaurs (who doesn’t think they are cool?!), I’ve recently become interested in … More A ptiny pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous
After many years of blogging over at blogspot, I decided it was time to make my way over to WordPress. I’m still perfecting it, but I hope that you enjoy the new look and the new site for my blog. If you’re a regular follower, make sure you sign up for updates as I will … More New look and new beginnings
I’ve been living in the UK now for 4.5 years. The first year and a bit was on a student visa (very restrictive, not fun), but for 3 years now I’ve been on an Ancestry Visa which is much better. This means that at the end of my 5 year visa, I can apply for … More PhD of travelling! Holy moly
I’ve talked a lot about my situation as a PhD student that is not fully funded, and this is something I have had to deal a lot with over the years. My funding situation has meant that I have applied for a lot of scholarships or awards over my time as a graduate student. I’m … More Scholarship applications, the bane of my existence
As a student, choosing where to publish your next paper is extremely important in order to showcase your research and build your reputation. Perspective employers look at the journals you publish in to rate your research and decide how employable you are, which makes it very stressful making the decision. So how do you decide? … More Where to publish?
I am a (partially) self-funded PhD student. As such, prospective PhD students often ask me if I would recommend going into a PhD without secure funding, which is a bit of a complicated issue. Doing a PhD self-funded has it’s ups and downs, and pros and cons, which I’m going to try to summarise here, … More To self-fund a PhD or not? That is the question…
I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog rambling about estimating mass in extinct animals, including talking about the “lightweight” skeleton in birds, pterosaur bone mass, and the likelihood of giant pterosaurs weighing as low as 70 kg. Now I’m going to talk a bit more about this problem, specifically looking at the relationship … More Skeletal mass in birds
For the last 2 weeks, I have been on fieldwork in Transylvania (western Romania) with the University of Southampton Vertebrate Palaeontology group. This is part of a long-term project between several groups including British, American, and Romanian organisations looking at the vertebrate palaeontology of this area. This is the 3rd year this Easter trip has run, … More Late Cretaceous of Romania
As part of my PhD, and with the help of the Geological Association of London, I’ve been fortunate enough to go on several research trips to some museums in Germany including Tübingen, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, and Munich. Stuttgart and Munich in particular have excellent pterosaur collections, including many historically significant specimens. Stuttgart The Staatsliches Museum für … More Pterosaurs of Stuttgart and Munich