1) I got a job! In January, I start full-time as the world's first 'Treeologist' at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. This is my dream job! I'll get to work with every department and my job will be to get people excited about trees. So, starting in January, I'll be doing science communication full-time!
2) Goodbye West Virginia, hello Chicago! The windy city is treating me well, and I love walking by the lake almost every day. However, deep dish pizza is certainly my downfall. It has been a lot of fun networking/participating in outreach in the city. Just the other day I was asked to be on a panel about breaking stereotypes for a local girl scout troop. I love the experiences the city provides. One thing I enjoy about my life is the differences in experiences... I've been isolated doing research on the tundra of Alaska, and now I'm surrounded by people in the third largest city in the United States.
3) I successfully defended my dissertation!! My parents, future in-laws, brother, and fiancé came out to hear a one-hour lecture about all of the work I did over the past five years. One of my friends 'Skyped' in from Hawaii, and one of my committee members 'Skyped' in from Alaska! After my seminar, everyone left but my five committee members. They then asked questions about my research for three hours. Forms were signed, congratulations were given, and I went home, ate dinner, and went to bed. Exhausting. Everything is submitted, and I'm just waiting to hear back from the library about any formatting edits I need to do.
...you can call me Dr. Turner. :)