April 29th, 2011

Rainbow || Rainbow northern lights.

(no subject)

For Research Topics in Ecology, lecturers came to us and talked about their recent research projects. We have to revise three of them for the exam (exam questions are literally 'write an essay about topic A or topic B') so that if two we happened to revise come up in the same question, we can answer another question (as it will be the 'a' or 'b' in another). There were only 8.

I have chosen 'speciation as an active force in evolution' because I am fascinated by scientific constructs and their limitations (i.e., the definition of a 'species', which is not as clear-cut as non-scientists might think). I have also chosen 'predation habits of the domestic cat' (and its effect on conservation) with Phil Baker because the subject interests me and because I know he likes my writing style. He got a laugh out of my second-year exam essay in which we had to pick a mammal species to remove from earth and I chose human. I also got to write about unicorns in the second exam essay with him, which put my panic to rest. For that, I'm going with Phil - he obviously has a sense of humour. (:

And now for the question, which I am putting to all of you:

Do I go with:
  • 'Body size and scaling effects on life histories of mammals and other organisms' with Richard Sibly, who is a reasonably harsh marker and appreciates gnitty-gritty details. (10 papers to read) or
  • 'Symbiosis and coevolution of figs and fig wasps' with Derek Dunn, who is a bit more mysterious. I've heard his lecture on fig wasps three times, once every year I believe. Can't judge the marking style by the teacher, though... (13 papers to read).

What do you think? I'm thinking perhaps fig wasps, provided I can get through the papers without snoring.

In other news, if you have some extra room in your heart and/or mind, could you please sneak my friend C in there? She's in lost-and-scared place right now, and the best thing I've ever seen for situations like that is having lots of threads of love/white light to keep a person in sight or feeling of home.


"No longer forward nor behind I look in hope and fear; but grateful take the good I find, the best of now and here."
[John G. Whittier]
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