Well, not much to report here, to be honest. It’s been a quiet, albeit rainy, month. We had a massive storm last week and the forest has completely changed; there are huge tree falls everywhere! It’s pretty amazing to see the impact of just one event on forest structure. We can still hear trees falling every now and then from camp a week later.
Forest work overall has also been a bit slow, we haven’t been able to start on the new microtopography project yet because the guys were busy with back-to-back nest and phenology surveys. The first week of March is set for some big data collection though, which is exciting and it will be nice to finally get the field work started for that. Hmm, what else? I’ve been keeping my eye out for jobs post-May as usual, which as anyone who’s recently tried to find a job in conservation knows, is a rather depressing exercise. Most jobs are either volunteer (or even worse, they want YOU to pay) or they pay virtually nothing for mind-numbing work in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota or some equally bleak place. Oh yeah, and add to this the fact that jobs where the education requirement is just a B.S. may eventually be filled by a Ph.D. because NO ONE can find work, and you can understand why looking for a job in conservation/ecology can be a bit frustrating. I was lucky enough to find an ad for a job at CIFOR the other day, which I found at 9:30 pm the day it was due and sent in the application 1 hour later. Better late than never, right? Fingers crossed, it would be a really awesome job! By the way, if anyone with connections is reading this: Early career scientist looking for paying research and field work. M.A. in Conservation Biology. I speak Indonesian. Contact me! 🙂
Anyway, sorry it’s been so long since I’ve updated this, and that this post is rather boring, but hopefully I’ll have something more exciting to write about soon. In the meantime, I hope all of you in the U.S. are staying nice and warm amidst the big snow! Oh, and check out my “Hello Monday” profile on the OuTrop blog, thanks!