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
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
Quite how it has got to February already I am not sure but this is one of the first moments I have had chance to sit down in front of my computer and pen my latest post. Many like to ease themselves gently into work after the jollity and frivolity of Christmas but not Team Efficient!! Continue reading
Since speaking to you last, our 3000 pots have been joined by a further experiment containing 7100 pots. As you may remember from my last post Big experiments!! we are only really happiest when there are pots numbering into 4 figures!! But this many individuals in science causes a problem: the importance of being random. Continue reading
Just taking a break from writing plant labels and thought I’d expand on my last post which hinted at the large experiments that we undertake here at Rothamsted. I think our philosophy is ‘why have a few hundred pots when you could have a few thousand’. And a few thousand is what we’ve got… Continue reading