August 27, 2014

12:21 PM | Short
The title does not make that much sense at the beginning, but this is just because I want to make this post short, so the title is Short. I have observed a little nice thing happening: some of you have … Continue reading →

August 25, 2014

2:52 PM | How to Survive (and Excel) as a Graduate Student Instructor
claimtoken-5400c4e95db8aTeaching.It's a critical task of academia to produce new educators for the future, but for many students starting graduate school this semester, the word inspires groans and feelings of dread.The first graduate student teaching assignment might force you out of your comfort zone. It is true that teaching for the first time is a big adjustment, but with the right attitude and preparation, you might justdiscover a skill you never knew you had.To learn more about what makes […]

August 22, 2014

5:12 AM | New paper: bloat, float, and burial in dead crocs
I've just published my first academic paper in the journal 'Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology', with my co-author Steve Salisbury. Our paper is called "Patterns of aquatic decay and disarticulation in juvenile Indo-Pacific crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus), and implications for the taphonomic interpretation of fossil crocodyliform material."  What is the paper about? Essentially, the paper looks at what happens to crocodile carcasses when they rot, undisturbed in fresh […]

August 21, 2014

2:57 PM | Never underestimate the power of a thorough literature review
As someone who is currently writing their thesis, I have a major piece of advice for PhD students embarking on their studies… Never underestimate the power of a thorough literature review! Always, always, always read as much as you can about the field of research you are working in. Especially if there are numerous inconsistencies […]
1:04 AM | 4th Day in Stuttgart and Financial Math
As I have already told you in the post 3rd Day in Stuttgart and Cryptography, we had some of the financial math in the same day as Cryptography, but we also had another day especially dedicated to this subject and I … Continue reading →

August 19, 2014

3:41 PM | Chemistry Lit Feature Vol. V
Have you seen a good paper lately? Written one? Send it in and have it featured here! treetownchem@gmail.comTree Town Chemistry is back! After a mostly unintended summer hiatus, I am gearing up to blog throughout the semester once again. What better way to start back than with a literature feature?Before we jump into that, I would like to announce that I will also be blogging for the Rackham Graduate School this semester as part of the Student Voices series. The posts there will be for a […]

August 15, 2014

10:42 PM | What a Mathematician should visit in London
Heyyy!!! I am really happy, cause the first thing that happened when I open WordPress was a big notification about my stats are booming!!! And WoooOOooWww! they are… Thank you so very much, I am so excited to see that … Continue reading →

August 13, 2014

9:27 PM | New things
This is not the type of article that I post normally, but I have a couple of changes in my online-life, if I can call it this way. And I thought that would be great to share with you everything … Continue reading →

August 12, 2014

9:20 PM | Quick Update
It’s my last night in Firebug (sort of). I spent it cleaning out the fridge. My pervious “just don’t look at it!” approach was validated, when I found live maggots! I’ve never seen that in a fridge before! I also had my last exam today. It was an oral exam to make up for some […]
7:51 PM | Veterinary super heroes!
V-FORCE from the AVMAI was tickled to discover that the AVMA published a comic book. V-Force! Veterinarians to the Rescue! Did you know that veterinary superheroes have x-ray vision and use it to diagnose leptospirosis? Did you know that some of them (us? can I say some of us?) even have microscopic vision so that they can see microbes and diagnose infection with West Nile Virus? Why didn't I get these super powers when I graduated?My favorite scene bar none is the one in which the doctor (that […]
7:12 PM | We Need to Remember
Maybe this is a strange article for everyone, but this is to commemorate Robin Williams and everything that he has done to my childhood. I do not want to say to many words because this is mostly speechless. He gave his … Continue reading →

August 11, 2014

10:48 PM | 3rd Day in Stuttgart and Cryptography
In case this is way to old for some of you and don’t really know what is it about check this post: Visiting Stuttgart. Also, you can check the posts made for the first 2 days of the project with the HFT: First … Continue reading →
6:00 AM | Plastic packaging – a horror film
Zero Waste Week is an opportunity to reduce landfill waste & save money. In its seventh year, the week runs 1st – 7th September 2014. The theme is “One More Thing” – what one more thing could YOU do? Find out more at or on Twitter using #zerowasteweek Ever since I spent a summer […]

August 10, 2014

1:36 PM | Geometry and Cards
This is a very quick and short post, but it is Sunday and I do not what to put you to read too much math related things, right?! But seeing wonderful and creative things people do it is extremely welcomed … Continue reading →

August 08, 2014

12:22 PM | A much shorter review of flood stratigraphies in lake sediments
Earlier this year my PhD supervisors and I (Daniel) had a paper accepted for publication in Earth-Science Reviews entitled ‘Flood stratigraphies in lake sediments: A review’ (Schillereff et al., 2014). It’s been fairly popular in terms of downloads but it occurred to me the other day that many of those prospective readers may be put […]

August 06, 2014

9:48 PM | Can a father's stressful experiences affect his offspring's stress system?
I am again indebted to my APDT students, who asked a very interesting question which turned into a blog post. This time it was: “Can a father’s stress be passed on epigenetically to his offspring through sperm?” Warning: epigenetic geekery ahead. If you are not in the mood for some technical terminology, this may not be the post for you.Source: WikipediaI’ve blogged about epigenetics before (on the epigenetics of fear and of stress) and there are summaries of what […]

August 05, 2014

9:16 PM | Venn Diagrams
Yesterday (4th August) we celebrated the 180th birthday of John Venn and Google doodle did it right again. If yesterday was a busy day for you (like it was for me) you can check it here (and I also recommend reading how … Continue reading →
5:07 AM | Obscure D.o.t.W: Ruehleia bedheimensis
After a long hiatus, here's the next entry in 'Obscure Dinosaur of the Week'! Name: Ruehleia bedheimensisEtymology: In honour of the collector of the fossil, Hugo Ruhle von Lilienstern of Bedheim, South Thuringia.Distribution: Late Triassic (Norian) of Thuringia, Germany.Type Specimen: near complete composite skeleton lacking a skull.Estimated size: ~6.5 m longFirst described by: Galton, 2001a. Originally referred to Plateosaurus plieningeri HUENE, 1907-08 by Ruhle von Lilienstern […]

August 02, 2014

11:34 PM | July Favorites
This month was so loooong, not exactly in a bad way, but I had extra time at work, there were some interesting events, and it seems that I (sort of) decided what I will do with my life in my … Continue reading →
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