Don’t let your classes get in the way of your education -or- Welcome to Grad school.

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):

  1. Numerical modelling of variability and change in marine ecosystems: a view from eastern Canada
  2. Where does the gas pass: studying anaerobic methane oxidizing microbial sediment communities
  3. Resolution of bottom boundary layer transports in a numerical model of canyon upwelling
  4. Copper requirements and acquisition strategies of marine phytoplankton
  5. Comparative trophic cascades in lakes and the ocean
  6. An integrated study of NE Pacific productivity: from sampling bottles to satellites, and a few things in between
  7. CHRONICLES OF A COOL(ing) GAS: High frequency measurements of dimethylsulfide (DMS) in surface waters of the Northeast Pacific
  8. Rebooting Earth System Science: Complexity is not Complicated
  9. Diversity of cyanobacterial viruses in marine and fresh waters
  10. Studying water mass formation using noble gases (and an ignoble one)
  11. Green Buildings: How to change the world in about 1 million small steps.
  12. Metalloproteomic Analysis of Fe and Cu containing Proteins of Oceanic and Coastal Diatoms – Why are we interested?
  13. The UBC Cliffs: a precarious history
  14. The Bottom Billion
  15. Footwall veins in the Red Dog District, Brooks Range, Alaska: Fluid conduits for giant SEDEX ore deposits?
  16. Role of dust and marine biota in glacial-interglacial CO2 cycles.
  17. VENUS: Two Years in Saanich Inlet and Gearing Up for the Strait of Georgia
  18. The right to be cold: the global significance of arctic climate change
  19. 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.

Oh, wait.

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Dave Semeniuk spends hours locked up in his office, thinking about the role the oceans play in controlling global climate, and unique ways of studying it. He'd also like to shamelessly plug his art practice: