Almost there…

I’ve been a bit remiss in blog posts lately.  I’ve just recovered  from a whirlwind trip through South Africa (so much exciting data!!!),  a visit to the Zooniverse team in Oxford, and, not least, my 31st birthday — and now I am rapidly approaching the end of my dissertation, and it is pretty much the only thing on my mind. I’ve already got a date – July 11th – on which I’ll give an hour long public presentation (anyone local is welcome to come) followed by 2 hours of inquisition by my committee members behind closed doors.  But to make it there, I first need to hand in my dissertation and have them all agree that I’m ready to defend. I need to hand it in by Friday, and still have a *lot* of work to do!

So, I may have posted this before, but figured it was a good time to (re) share this clip of baby elephants learning to use their trunks. They remind me a little bit of me trying to learn how to do science…



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About ali swanson

I'm an ecologist studying how large carnivores coexist. I spend way too much of my time trying to stop hyenas and elephants from munching my camera traps!

6 responses to “Almost there…”

  1. LorriWT says :

    Ali are you presenting at the U of M campus on the 11th? What time and where? I may be able to make it. I would love to meet you and I’d be a happy supporter in your corner.

    • ali swanson says :

      It will be on the St. Paul Campus! I’ll be presenting at 1pm — not sure of the exact location just yet (one of the many odds and ends I still need to sort out), but will definitely announce it here. I will take as many friendly faces in the audience as possible! Thanks for all the good wishes!

  2. Jet Eliot says :

    Full plate–good luck!

  3. David Bygott says :

    Best of luck Ali!

  4. elfinelvin says :

    Knock ’em dead, Ali, you’re awesome! Thanks for the trunk lessons. ROFL

  5. lucy Hughes says :

    Good luck Ali, wish I could come hear you,

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