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!)
Image credits- Amanda Subalusky; Chris Dutton