The Bug Geek

Insects. Doing Science. Other awesome, geeky stuff.

The Blog

Welcome to The Bug Geek!

On this blog you’ll find posts about:

  • Insects! Bugs! Arthropods! Other cool creepy-crawlies!

    • Photo Friday“, featuring an insect or other arthropod I’ve recently come across during my explorations of nature; this becomes “Forgotten Photo Friday” during the cold winter months when live critters are a little more scarce!
    • Beetles – especially from my research in northern Canada – are featured mid-week if my school schedule permits it
    • Links to great online resources about insects
    • A blogroll of other amazing bug/nature bloggers – there’s something for everybody!
  • Being a PhD student
    • My thoughts about doing research, learning, teaching, and university life in general
  • Random bits and pieces of my life as a wife, a dog-mom, and a happy country bumpkin

If you go waaaay back to the early days of this blog, you’ll find that it chronicles my escape from the stifling confines of a federal public service cubicle to The University and graduate school, where I am now pursuing  a PhD in Entomology.  Posts from 2008-2009 largely focus on the steps I took to get into the grad school of my dreams, interspersed with a lot of ranting about my job at the time (in the interests of privacy, most of the ranting-type posts are now password protected.  If you would really like to read them, contact me).

Please stick around, read a bit, comment lots, and suggest links I could add to my blogroll or Entomology link page.  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. You may have previously known this blog by its original name, “Fall to Climb”. I changed the domain name to in November of 2011, to better reflect the content and focus of the material – things changed a lot since this blog’s inception in 2008!

Updated November 28, 2011

7 responses to “The Blog

  1. Katie April 19, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    I’m interested. Am still not sure if I want to return to school after all these years. Would love to see your experience.

    • TGIQ April 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM

      Well, stick around…I’ll be blogging about the whole thing for a while yet (I’m just getting started!) It’s definitely a life-changing decision, and not for everyone, but I’m very happy with the path I’m on and excited about what the future holds.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Katie!

  2. dragonflywoman April 20, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    I just found your blog today and I love it! I’m an almost-finished- Ph.D. student with an insect blog, so I’m adding you to my blogroll. Keep up the good work!

  3. macromite April 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    I spent 5 years working in the real world after getting my BS in Entomology and before going on to graduate studies. I think a break between degrees is a good thing – at least it concentrated my mind. But then somehow I ended up as an acarologist – so be careful (and good luck with the beetles).

    • TGIQ April 21, 2010 at 8:19 PM

      Ha. I’m surrounded by ArACHnologists right now, and I don’t even LIKE spiders. And there’s lots of talk about me working on butterflies of all things (gag, barf). I’ll have to be very careful. 😛 I think the 5 year break was a wise choice for me too; I have no regrets about the hiatus or my return to studies. Now if I can just ensure I’m immersed in beetley goodness, life will be perfect…

  4. Carole Daoust August 30, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    I will like to susbscribe to your blog
    which I find amazing

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