Introduction

Having recently graduated with my Bachelors degree in biology from SUNY Oswego, moved across the country with my boyfriend of five years, and started a new life on the West Coast, things have been a bit hectic. I’ve spent my time looking for jobs (both related and unrelated to my field), looking at graduate schools, looking for volunteer and internship opportunities, setting up our new life, and of course trying to relax a little bit (I deserve it, right? Right??)

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Graduation, May 2017 

The last year and a half of my undergraduate career was spent focusing on classes that would prepare me for the environmental field and researching microplastic ingestion by forage fish in Lake Ontario. Our hopes for this research is an eventual publication. My research partner and I, between my moving and his busy schedule, have been largely unable to work on the manuscript since graduation, leaving our adviser to the task.

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My research partner (Scott Minihkeim) and I 

Upon logging onto Google Docs the other day to see if there was anything I could do, I found a few places that required citations. During this process, it hit me that I had forgotten some of the finer details of how to do in-text citation for APA style. I instantly became panicky (something I’m prone to do). How could I have forgotten such an important thing after only being out of school for two months?

Inspiration struck when I was looking at a friends recent blog post. She, and another friend of mine, were starting separate blogs on sustainability. While sustainability is close to my heart, I wanted to do something a little different. My interest in identifying plants came to mind. Living in a new area has put me in contact with so many new species and has only further awakened my interest in being able to identify the things I see around me.

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Great Basin Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis longipes)

Thus, this blog is going to be a way for me to further delve into these topics. I’ll be able to learn more about the species I’m interested in, while also getting the practice I need to keep up with my scientific writing and researching skills. Besides plants, expect topics on birds and reptiles, as well as sustainability issues and solutions, and anything else I might be interested in (I love geology too!). I will try to post every week or every other week.

My first ‘real’ post will be about the dodo bird. For my evolution class in my last semester of college we had to write a paper on an evolutionary topic; I chose the dodo bird and its extinction. It might be kind of cheating to use this as my first post, but I’m pretty proud of that paper! Expect it in the coming days.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy my blog!

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