Favourite things: August 2017

Each month I'm posting a few of my favourite (mostly science related) things. You can read my July favourites here. Favourite blog 'Tell me about your research, this time with feeling' -  Susana Martinez-Conde & Stephen L. Macknik This is an excellent blog post about how science communication needs to build emotional relationships with the... Continue Reading →

Versatile blogger award

Firstly, a huge thank you to Conservationist Krissy  (@Conservationistkrissy) for nominating me for this award! I've been reading her posts ever since I started blogging a few short months ago, and it turns out we have quite a lot in common (including our love for bats). I'm really pleased to have been recognised, as it's... Continue Reading →

I’m ‘batty’ about bats, why aren’t you?

I've always been fascinated by bats. They're the only mammals that can truly fly; if that's not cool, then I don't know what is.Whilst studying for my degree, I was lucky enough to study bats in urban areas for my third year research project. Whilst everyone else had a summer break, I spent an entire... Continue Reading →

Preparing to start a PhD

In just over 6 weeks, I'm leaving my job as a research technician to begin my PhD at Exeter. Eeek! I've done a few things in preparation: I've secured a room in Exeter. I am still going to live in Bristol most of the time (we have a lovely apartment, I love the city, and my... Continue Reading →

CCTV in abattoirs: problem solved?

As a small part of my role as a research technician, I make weekly visits to an abattoir to collect blood for my biting fly colony. It's a University abattoir, so follows strict welfare guidelines, but it still isn't exactly a nice place to visit. I've becoming increasingly concerned when considering what abattoirs with low... Continue Reading →

Stop getting pets with squashed noses!

I completely understand why people have pets. I adore my cat, so I'm not in any way trying to dissuade readers from having pets. However, I have written this post to raise awareness of some of the issues surrounding our furry pals, particularly those seen in pedigrees. When I refer to pets in this post, I... Continue Reading →

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