Dissertation defended and... a job! / by Karin Burghardt

On an unseasonably (well maybe seasonably for CT but not for VA) cold friday afternoon in April I defended my dissertation work in front of the eeb department, forestry folks, and family and friends that had trekked out to support me. My advisor hosted a lovely potluck at his place afterward and the rest of the weekend was spent cooking, eating, and playing lawn games with some folks that have become very dear to me over 6 years. Definitely glad to never have to do it again- but glad that I did it!

I also decided on my next step which will be working as a Smithson postdoctoral fellow with Dr. John Parker at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). (more on that later!)

 In other, more important news, Lily got to sign her first corn-hole board after a perfect game! Hard to imagine how good she will be at 10 years old...

In other, more important news, Lily got to sign her first corn-hole board after a perfect game! Hard to imagine how good she will be at 10 years old...

 Post dissertation activity: making sticker trophic cascades with plants, hoppers, and spiders with my advisor, Os Schmitz! 

Post dissertation activity: making sticker trophic cascades with plants, hoppers, and spiders with my advisor, Os Schmitz! 

 Pretty sure the cork is still going to be up in the rafters of Greeley when I retire- oops!

Pretty sure the cork is still going to be up in the rafters of Greeley when I retire- oops!

 I had so much support - thanks to my family and everyone who came into town (including Torrie Hanley behind the camera!)

I had so much support - thanks to my family and everyone who came into town (including Torrie Hanley behind the camera!)

 

 

 

Image credits- Amanda Subalusky; Chris Dutton