This month has been one filled with analysis (which is exactly how I like it.) Hours and hours and hours of data entry/organization, and reading the scientific literature, are required before you can even start to answer your question. So, by having some nice graphs and some significant results, the end of this cold February feels bright.
We had a lab meeting the other day, and we discussed my preliminary results. That is one of the great components of being a scientist: Collaboration. This field knows that two heads are better than one… or in this case four heads. My advisor gave me some great things to think about and some new ways to target what topics within the scientific literature that I should study (in science, when in doubt, go to the peer-reviewed articles and go to your advisor!)
I also had an exciting opportunity when I was contacted by the Communities Digital News to contribute an article for their science section. I decided to write about something that is extremely important to me: “Why conservation isn’t a dirty word.” Conservation practices are applicable to the whole spectrum of the American public, not just one political party. I was also able to help plan several hours of outdoor winter activities for kids at a State Park in Ohio. These outreach opportunities are always so much fun.