I love fieldwork. I just really enjoy escaping the office and being outside, even if it’s spent on your hands and knees measuring plants for hours, weeks, months!! I have been lucky enough to have jobs that have included fieldwork and I have spent some fantastic times in stunning scenery looking for plants and watching the antics of lapwings. Of course, as with all aspects of work, there are better moments than others but hopefully they outweigh the less glamorous ones!! Continue reading
This was the last sample! A culmination of all the hard work put into this seasons experiments. The final few weeks were spent counting, measuring and counting and then more counting. Oh and some weighing to finish off. Continue reading
Since returning from the dizzying heights of Denver (well, it is a mile high city after all), the life of this technician has gotten rather busy!! As summer is upon us, so the black-grass plants are maturing and then we have been asked to help with some fieldwork plus there was the two exhilarating but tiring days of Cereals. Continue reading
What a week?!?! We’ve heard many talks and seen lots of posters on different aspects of herbicide resistance from around the globe. There’s been great dialogue between researchers championing the important work we all do. The weather has ranged from very hot to snow in five days. And I’ve done my best to do as many typical American things as I can. It must be the Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge conference!! Continue reading
Have you ever been in the situation where you learn about a subject and you maybe find it a bit hard to understand or you don’t enjoy it, but then you finish studying it and you think “ah that’s ok, I’m sure I’ll never need to use this information again”!! And so you bury/forget all said information and carry on with life. Until you suddenly find yourself sat in a discussion thinking “mmm, wish I’d paid a bit more attention back then”. Well my current job does have those moments, I will admit. Continue reading
Meetings had been something that were quite alien to me until I came to Rothamsted. I think it depends on the size and dynamic of your research group. When I was at Sheffield University, our group was very small and meetings was just something that we didn’t really do. But now meetings have gone to the other end of the scale, I have a minimum of one a week!! Continue reading
I’ve come up with a genius idea which I think could help with the wellbeing of fellow Rothamsted colleagues as well as benefitting my own work of course. It brings together a great science stress buster and the necessity of clearing out my experiments.
Pot throwing!! Continue reading