A friend of mine once told me that – of course, he wasn’t referring to what I am referring to below, but instead he was justifying to me why he became a pot head for a brief period of time. Nonetheless, the quote stuck with me, namely because I believe it to be true; always have a hobby separate from school, I always say.
Interestingly, when you start getting paid to go to school (i.e. welcome to grad school kids!), your hobbies begin to morph into your academic interests. That said, I decided to compile a list of the extracurricular seminars I attended during the past 6 months of school-time (i.e. not including Christmas, or reading week):
- Numerical modelling of variability and change in marine ecosystems: a view from eastern Canada
- Where does the gas pass: studying anaerobic methane oxidizing microbial sediment communities
- Resolution of bottom boundary layer transports in a numerical model of canyon upwelling
- Copper requirements and acquisition strategies of marine phytoplankton
- Comparative trophic cascades in lakes and the ocean
- An integrated study of NE Pacific productivity: from sampling bottles to satellites, and a few things in between
- CHRONICLES OF A COOL(ing) GAS: High frequency measurements of dimethylsulfide (DMS) in surface waters of the Northeast Pacific
- Rebooting Earth System Science: Complexity is not Complicated
- Diversity of cyanobacterial viruses in marine and fresh waters
- Studying water mass formation using noble gases (and an ignoble one)
- Green Buildings: How to change the world in about 1 million small steps.
- Metalloproteomic Analysis of Fe and Cu containing Proteins of Oceanic and Coastal Diatoms – Why are we interested?
- The UBC Cliffs: a precarious history
- The Bottom Billion
- Footwall veins in the Red Dog District, Brooks Range, Alaska: Fluid conduits for giant SEDEX ore deposits?
- Role of dust and marine biota in glacial-interglacial CO2 cycles.
- VENUS: Two Years in Saanich Inlet and Gearing Up for the Strait of Georgia
- The right to be cold: the global significance of arctic climate change
- Oceanic gases and the physiological ecology of phytoplankton
I think this ends up averaging almost one every 10 days or so. All of the above were about an hour long, only represent the ones I can remember (or find a title for; I think I’m missing roughly 6 or so – that seems right, plus the one or two I gave as well), and don’t include the 2 dozen or so talks I attended in lab-group meetings. I need a hobby.