The Wildlife Trust: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire.
Henry Stanier, Ecology Groups officer
The Manor House
Cambridge CB23 6DH
Wednesdays Conservation Management Volunteering
Scrub clearing with Andy Fleckney
The Wildlife Trust: Hertfordshire and Middlesex:
Wildlife Sites Programme Manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Grebe House, St Michael’s Street
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Thursdays: botanical surveying
- Local Environmental Record Centres (LRC):
- Bedfordshire and Luton:
- John Dony Centre in Luton
Luton Hoo Walled Garden Project:
Aim of Category & Post:
To identify conservation areas that I’m interested in and practical applications areas of my PhD research (plant-herbivores interactions, plant chemistry, inorganic pollutants).
Nature reserves in polluted areas
Set aside areas, nearby areas of agricultural run-off
Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) – areas of land where natural features and wildlife habitats exist alongside housing, roads and food production.
Practical application areas of PhD research:
- Nature after minerals:http://www.afterminerals.com/ Converting mineral extraction area to conservation areas.
- Biofortification of food: Increasing the trace mineral content of crops through identifying plants traits or population traits that have naturally higher mineral uptake and mineral concentrations. Determining the ecological effects of this – food chain, biomagnification, effects on the soils, litter decomposition.
- Phytoremediation of inorganic, organometallic and organic pollutants
- Conservation of hyperaccumulating plants
Further Theoretical Areas of PhD research:
- Elemental defence hypothesis: Joint Effects Theory, Accumulators and elemental defence, population differences.
Taken from ‘The Thesis Whisperer’: ‘The nowhere-everywhere place’ i.e. life just after submitting.
This post is written by Maia Sauren, a PhD student at RMIT who will be doing a series on life immediately post PhD
I submitted my thesis. About three weeks ago. I still don’t quite believe it.
Hate me yet? I would. Every time a friend submitted theirs, I wanted to kill them. Or die. On the up side, it’s really possible! Until it was almost over, I didn’t think so.
I’ve been enrolled for many years, and finishing took all my reserves. Working part-time just wasn’t working for me, so I took out a loan. I developed a mild social phobia – the idea of talking about something other than THIS CHAPTER made me panic. I transcended the full gamut of emotions and sublimated them all into mania. I ate my body weight in nutella. I co-opted someone into formatting and called in friends to read drafts. I…
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Goal of Post: To come up with a plan/ a to-do list for the research side of my life for this year.
So I have submitted my PhD. My viva is booked for the 19th April, less than a month away. Im on the dole – I have to apply for 2 positions a week to get my dole money. I live with my parents which is driving me mad, and provides many excuses for not getting any work done. I have an interview at the OU, which went really well for a ‘people-based’ role as a Student Registration & Enquiry Assistant. However I need to start preparing for my viva, and thinking about my PhD publications, and trying to get my research career off the ground.
Goals for this month:
- Prepare for viva (also includes roughly identifying 1) planning potential papers and 2) areas of expertise).
- Apply for jobs that I enjoy and are useful to my career = stepping stone, since I am not financially desperate enough to work in a call centre.
Goals for this year:
- Identify potential papers from PhD
- Identify my research areas of expertise
- Identify research areas that I’m interested in exploring and are recession proof.
- Volunteering with conservation projects/ citizen science/ science communication stuff…
- Start writing up papers to be published!!
Action Plan for Viva preparation:
- Read over thesis without a pen in my hand or a notebook nearby.
- Go over websites for ‘preparing for your viva’ and books, and use tips/ potential questions.
- Contact Luton Uni for using their library (Luton library has no power sockets for laptops, although it does have wi-fi).
- Form profiles of examiners research areas and their take on my thesis.
- Prepare for Viva!!