I am finally back from conference-madness-land. The annual Entomological Society of Canada meeting wrapped up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Wednesday. To summarize:
1. It was super-fun and my brain is full of ideas and delicious nerdspeak.
2. I am super-stoked that I gave my first talk as a PhD student and I didn’t get boo-ed off the stage; not bad for having a data set of, oh, about ZERO ENTRIES less than a month ago, and for having frantically finished making my last slides the morning of the talk (this is not something I plan to make a habit of, because it is nauseatingly stressful). I am highly motivated to make next year’s talk awesome.
3. I am super-depressed by the tsunami-like wave of molecular biology sweeping over the ento research world, because it seems to be crushing every last little terrified, clinging speck of natural history work to smithereens.
Since when are genes more interesting than the animals to which they belong? *LONG DEEP SIGH*
(Note: Morgan at Biodiversity In Focus tweeted about this Natural History Network today. It is freaking out my web browser for some reason, but when that settles down I hope to hear some good news about this subject. )
A weevil (a photo taken at BugShot). Entirely more awesome than a SNP. Amirite?
Anyhoo. You may have noticed something a little different around here: the blog formerly known as “Fall To Climb” is henceforth the domain (figuratively and literally) of “The Bug Geek“. Also, I was a very nice person and made your lives easier by linking my old blog name to this one, so you don’t even have to update your readers (you’re welcome), but you can (but no pressure).
I am going to be messing around with the layout and things a little over the next few weeks, so bear with me if things are glitchy or stupid-looking.
Now, first things first: blogroll update. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while and just haven’t gotten around to it. Since attending BugShot 2011, I have added a number of fun new bug blogs (some of which belong to BugShot attendees) to my blog reader, but haven’t yet mentioned them here. Some may be old news to you, but just in case:
http://www.thatbugguy.com/ – bug photographs and photog tips by Scott
http://www.microvoyages.blogspot.com/ – more bug photos, with bonus natural history (yay!), and a dash of general geekery, by fellow (undergrad) student Alex Webb
http://www.bugdreams.com/ – portraits of insects with dreamy, beautiful, natural light by Rick Lieder
http://bugtracks.wordpress.com/ – great photos and field notes by Charley Eisman
http://bugsofboogercounty.wordpress.com/ – bugs and other critters in the Ozarks, by George Sims (he gets bonus points for getting the words “bugs” and “booger” in the same domain!)
http://homebuggarden.blogspot.com/ – bug photos from Edmonton, Alberta, TONS of natural history, referenced literature … swoon!
http://ucanr.org/blogs/bugsquad/index.cfm – “Bug Squad” – a great new bug blog out of U California Agriculture and Natural Resources, by Kathy Keatley Garvey
If I’m missing anybody, let me know! I hope you all find something new and fun to enjoy here 🙂
Edited to add: Forgot one! http://www.beetlebrained.blogspot.com/ It’s got beetles! Awesome beetles! By Jon!
Ooh, found another! http://abugblog.blogspot.com/ – Great photos, natural history, from the UK!