August 12, 2019

Like many, I have done my share of fieldwork over the years.

I've sampled in both hemispheres. I've been in big groups, small groups and solo. I have been out collecting in -30 degrees Celsius, simultaneously freezing and sweating while hauling logs through the snow. I'...

April 8, 2019

Ah lectures. Prepping, delivering, tweaking, delivering again. This idea that you can just make a series of lectures and use them for years isn't exactly true. Lectures and labs do require a lot of maintenance as you improve, update and tailor to suit the class/topic/c...

December 3, 2016

A while back I was collecting Eucalyptus samples for my current postdoctoral work with Dr Rose Andrew. Working on several species within the section Adnataria (boxes and ironbarks) requires that we collect samples throughout eastern Australia, from Queensland all the w...

May 6, 2016

If you are a botanist past the undergrad level, chances are that you have used herbarium data. Pretty much every botanical experiment that relies on wild populations starts with searching some database for GPS locations. Time is precious and we are all busy people. We...

April 12, 2016

In the past six months I have driven over 8,500 kms to collect Eucalyptus from the section Adnataria - thankfully the 10 species I am hunting are restricted to eastern Australia. Field work can be amazing, but it can also be tedious, frustrating and, at times, dangerou...

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