Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014

This post is mostly for people who are also at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, but if you’ve stumbled across this from somewhere else, welcome!

There were lots of details about my work that I wanted to share, but I couldn’t squeeze everything onto my poster. Even though the following details didn’t make the cut, I think that they’re really interesting and worth sharing. The rest of this post will make a lot more sense if you’ve read the poster first.

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My first paper

Very recently my first academic paper was published in a peer-reviewed journal. In my excitement I bombarded my Facebook friends with a link and no small amount of enthusiasm. Over the next few days I had the following conversation a number of times.

Friend: Congrats on getting your article published.
Me: Thanks! Did you have a read?
Friend: One of the following:

  • I tried…
  • Sort of. I think I understood the introduction, but after that I was completely lost.
  • A little bit.
  • Um… Hey, have you seen the Wiki article about Palladium coins?
  • I read the title.

At this point I was never quite sure what to say. These are clever people, but they couldn’t understand what I’d done. Is that my fault? Is this how it will always be? The accessibility of contemporary science is one of my reasons for wanting to write a blog like this, so my first paper seems like a perfect topic.

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