AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT I SHALL BE ATTENDING
graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology this fall. In July, I am moving to the Mountain Research Station, which is forty five minutes outside of Boulder in the Rocky Mountains. While there, I will assist with fieldwork, develop ideas for my thesis, and find a place to live in Boulder.
My year off between sixteenth and seventeenth grade has been quiet, productive, and educational. I have spent an unusual amount of time by myself. During the fall, I applied to graduate school, which was about as exciting as application processes ususally are. On the other hand, working at the Desert Research Institute has been an invaluable experience.
I have spent my free time in Reno bonding with my computer. I have learned the basics of UNIX, SQL, and R, a programming language for statistical analysis and graphics. Scientific information workflows--observation through publication--already rely heavily on computers, but the speed of information flow is still below its potential. I don't intend to become a hacker, but I do intend to use modern computing power effectively in my research. (You may also notice that this web site now runs on CSS--no more tables.)
Finally, I have enjoyed being a Sierra Sunrise Toastmaster.