The holiday season is always a great time to practice communicating – especially if you are in the science field and your parents want to know what you do. I thought I’d share one of my most embarrassing stories to highlight difficulties sharing ideas with mixed audiences. If I’m brave enough, I share this with new medical students to get them to check their assumptions.
I spent Christmas in New Zealand one year. Sure, it was summer but as a Canadian, I thought I’d fit in well in another Commonwealth country. I’m sure there were more similarities than differences but there were times that I was out of place…
This section has photos from our travels, including Antarctica, the Galapagos, Easter Island, Machu Picchu… We will not have vacation photos of the beach but will stick to the more academic-minded journeys.
Here is a cute photo, similar to cards seen at the museum. We saw two separate groups of girls say ‘awww’ and buy the card for their loved ones. If they only knew… (more…)
So frustrating! No matter what I did, I just couldn’t catch a break. I knew enough not to touch – but photos were tough too.
I’m talking about Sally Lightfoot crabs in the Galapagos… (more…)
In honour of the S3.0 blogging contest about evolution, I’ve included a photo of finches from the Galapagos.
As a geneticist, I should have been ecstatic about visiting a home in the Galapagos where I could ‘interact’ with lots of finches. But I was TERRIFIED! (more…)
In Christmas 2008, we hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. We saw lots of incredible flora and fauna on our four day hike through the Inca ruins. These photos show a glimpse of the journey with steps, a bird, and the ‘divorce orchid’. Yes that last photo comes with a story. (more…)
I have promised to add a photo a week from my travels. Some of my recent travels appeal to scientists so I’ll start with those. If not scientists, there have been a lot of birders.
I do have a confession to make – I’m afraid of birds. (well, flapping things) I get this fear from my mother and she has gone on some of these trips. Why do we do this? Well, we’ve seen some cool places but I don’t know if there is anything else going on here. You will also notice a lot of bird photos for someone who is afraid of birds.
This week’s photo: The Blue-footed Booby in the Galapagos (more…)