Brand New Results: Will Share in 2 Years

I got new results today; like really exciting results!  Results I have spent the past five years dreaming about producing!  My first inclination was to post about it on Twitter because I.Am.So.Excited!!!  But of course I didn’t because that’s not how we roll in science.  I’ve got to confirm my new results in several ways…

Want to Change the Culture of Science? Talk it Over on Twitter

Story 1- A few months ago, I wrote about my long-held view that graduate students should not bring snacks to committee meetings (even if they want to). Then in April while attending a committee meeting a student proudly whips out some snacks. I promptly (put my foot in my mouth by) tsk-tsk-ing them, and encouraged…

Grad Students- Nix the Snacks

As a graduate student I never brought snacks to my committee meetings.  It was definitely a thing in our department though- the bakers would prepare homemade cakes and pies, the I-can-burn-cereal-set would pull out the fruit and cheese, and the coffee lovers made sure there was a very full pot for the whole committee.  And…

Happy 5th Blogiversary WildlifeSNPits

I’m writing this year’s blogiversary post as me, Emily, instead of as the blog.  When I started SNPits one of my goals was for it to be an active blog at 5 years.  So YAY, today’s the day!  But while it’s still here (and growing annually in hits), I know (and take responsibility for) the…

Year in Review: What We Wrote 2017

Anna I started a new job in January 2017, moving from a research-focused postdoc to a role with a mix of research and project management, coordinating the Oz Mammals Genomics Initiative. Getting stuck into this has given me less time to spend writing papers (and blogs…) than in previous years, so I’m pretty happy to…

Happy 4th Blogiversary WildlifeSNPits!

On our 4th blogiversary, a huge “THANK YOU” to all of our readers! This year we wrote 25 original posts and 21 What We’re Reading posts.  Our top post (by a landslide) was How to Write a Student Travel Award Application.  Who knew there was such demand for travel award tips?!  Our top five posts…

Breaking Through the Masses at Scientific Conferences

I’m off to the 2017 Wildlife Society Conference tomorrow. I’ve been to 22 conferences over the years, yet, I still find it can be an awkward experience to meet new colleagues. People think I am a social butterfly, but when you walk into a ballroom full of groups of people standing around tiny tables it…

A Year of Science Selfies – Stephanie

When hearing about the #365scienceselfies challenge, I was immediately on board. I love selfies and was very willing to use this excuse to take more. I loved the idea – showing other people what scientists do on a daily basis and “humanizing” us (scientists – they’re just like us!). I was also up for the challenge of coming…

A Year of Science Selfies- Anna

At this time last year I was quite uncomfortable about the idea of participating in #365scienceselfies, but still, I agreed to give it a go. I thought it was worth exploring as a different kind of science communication, to show what scientists look like and what we do. I never once thought I’d actually reach the nominal…

A Year of Science Selfies- Emily

When the WildlifeSNPits team first started discussing whether to participate in the #365scienceselfies challenge, I really didn’t want to do it.  I was uncomfortable that my face would be all over the Internet (more than it already is).  But it also sounded like an opportunity to learn something new about myself, so I agreed to the…

Happy 3rd Blogiversary WildlifeSNPits!

Today is our 3rd blogiversary at WildlifeSNPits and it’s time for a little reflection. Looking Back This past year we wrote  42 original and 14 What We’re Reading posts.  Our top viewed posts remain the two about jobs: Interview Questions for Ecology & Conservation and So You Want to be  a Field Tech.  Our most read…

Patronus Charms for Imposter Syndrome

This was inevitable, right?!  Imposter syndrome is clearly the dementor of working professionals, immobilizing people by making them think the worst of their ability to do their job. Sometimes you know its coming almost like you’re apparating right into Azkaban; but sometimes it attacks you out of nowhere like when you’re minding your business walking…