Friday, 27 July 2012

PhD week 21: Farewells

Danio from India
Not-so-gratuitous picture: cyprinid fishes in the genus Danio from India. Courtesy of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Licence: CC: BY-SA-NC.

It is a sad fact of the academic life that one has to be a mercenary to one extent or another. Jobs tend to be few and far between, particularly when one becomes extremely specialised in a particular field. This requires that if you're wanting to work as a scientist, you need to be willing to move to where the jobs are.

This week we farewelled two people who had done their PhDs here at Lincoln and who are starting postdoctorate positions in two very different parts of the world. One is heading to the Czech republic to study weeds, while the other is heading to Manaus in Brazil to study fish. Both have been good people to have around, and they will be missed.

Of course, one of the benefits of this diaspora is that one ends up knowing people in all sorts of places. Brazil and the Czech republic have just become that much higher on our list of places to visit sometime.

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   Psalms 86–89

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