Thursday, 1 March 2012

PhD Week 0: Beginnings

Today was officially the first day of my PhD. As such, it was mainly spent completing one or two bureaucratic tasks, and contemplating how to implement systems such as regular computer backups. With the Denniston Plateau BioBlitz happening this weekend, it meant that a fair amount of the day was also spent preparing for that.

While checking my emails, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a paper by Nico Franz in the latest issue of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. The paper, looking at a group of weevils primarily found in the Caribbean, goes into some depth regarding useful morphological features for estimating the evolution of these creatures. It will be a useful paper to consider as I look at my weevils over the coming weeks and months.

Franz NM. 2012. Phylogenetic reassessment of the Exophthalmus genus complex (Curculionidae: Entiminae: Eustylini, Geonemini). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 164: 510–557

Wilkins JS. 2009. Defining Species. A Sourcebook from Antiquity to Today. Peter Lang, New York

1 Corinthians 1:18–25; 8:1–3

Becoming the Archetype—Dichotomy

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