Welcome to my new blog. This isn’t going to be a long introductory post: I tend to be overly verbose at times, so I’m intentionally reigning myself in here. I started this blog as a forum for my opinions on whatever thoughts wander through my mind, and that’s what you’re going to see here.
About myself: I’m a Ph.D student in Biology at a Canadian university in a major Canadian city. I’m married. For now, that’s about all I’m going to say, because although I don’t plan on going to massive lengths to hide my identity, I wish to remain mostly anonymous. The reason is simple. I hope to become an academic one day, and when academic search committees are reviewing candidates, word has it that they are smart enough to Google the person involved. I don’t wish to spend all of my time worrying about how what I say might be interpreted in the future, and so I’m going to maintain my distance by remaining veiled behind a pseudonym. People who know me well and stumble across this page may be able to figure me out, and that’s okay, but most of you will never know.
My interests are many and varied – I’m a jack of many trades and a master of few. You may see posts on here about behavioural ecology (my current field of study), broader issues in biology, psychology and in particular evolutionary psychology (my Master’s degree is in psychology, and I hope to bring rigorous biology with me if I go back to the study of human behaviour), statistics, general science and science education, and that’s just the scientific topics. I’m also interested in history, video games, programming and computers, and even, sometimes, the news.
Above all, I believe in the power of science and the need for good science communication, so I hope to showcase blogging about peer-reviewed research (see ResearchBlogging.org for more).
I hope you enjoy reading what I write. I always welcome your comments and e-mails, and I look forward to the future.