Tag Archives: thinking

The last lecture: 6 things to keep for 5 years

I finished my final class for the year in Evolution & Phylogeny the other day. The students wrote their final exam yesterday. By today I figure some of the course content has already hit its half-life and it’s on its … Continue reading

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Learning to sharpen your scythe

My grandfather used a scythe to cut hay. Yes. A scythe: big blade, long curved handle, Grim Reaper scythe. I remember watching the mathematical, poetical way he’d arc the blade, pivoting from the waist, mowing down a strip, stepping forward … Continue reading

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to a young naturalist

I was on a collecting trip to Banks Island in the Canadian arctic in 2011. We were there for 17 days with no internet, no electricity, no generator and 24 hours of sunlight. Not a problem at all — we … Continue reading

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Bohemian Rhapsody, and the power of surprise

Prologue: I was driving the other night and listening to Bohemian Rhapsody, arguably the most famous piece of music Queen ever produced. In a weird way, it got me thinking about research. I belong to the Fortunate Generation. That is … Continue reading

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It’s about the questions

Twice this year I’ve had the opportunity to spend three weeks, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, interacting in the field with students. The first was on a Desert Ecology field course in April-May with 20 students and … Continue reading

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Twin Lakes: random thoughts on Yukon fieldwork

23 July, late at night: My three week field trip to the Yukon Territory is drawing to a close and we’re back at Twin Lakes Campground, on the Klondike Highway between Whitehorse and Carmacks. By the end of this trip … Continue reading

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Pixels versus pages

After 17 years in the same office I was moved just before Christmas into a new office one floor up in my building. My initial annoyance at having to deal with moving soon gave way to the realization that I … Continue reading

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