Category Archives: Academia

Reflections on the 2017 Society of Freshwater Science Meeting

I am in Raleigh, NC for the 2017 Society of Freshwater Science Meeting. I arrived here late last night and this is my first full day at the conference. My twitter feed has exploded with lots of tweets about the … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Post Doc Interview

Many of us graduate students will have to interview for a post doc some time during our graduate school career. How to successfully prepare for a post doc interview is something many of us has thought about. I am by … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Exams: Uniform or Customized

As graduate students, passing comprehensive exams is one thing we all have to do to get the degree. I recently had quite a few conversations with colleagues on comprehensive exams. I have seen a range of different opinions on the … Continue reading

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Do Not Overgeneralize Our Own Experiences

I am motivated to write this blog by several things. These are mostly part of random conversations with friends or short moments of self-reflection. They are not very cohesive but I want to write these pieces out here.  I hope I … Continue reading

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Six Things I Learnt from Participating in a Big Collaborative Project

As a graduate student, I was lucky to be part of the Scale, Consumer and Lotic Ecosystem Rates (SCALER) project. This project was a collaborative effort among seven sites to understand the scale dependence of ecosystem rates. I have been … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Collaborative Research in Odum School of Ecology

Note from Chao: John and I investigated the research focus and collaboration of faculties at Odum School of Ecology. I posted the analyses on the diverse research areas a few days ago. John has graciously agreed to analyze the collaboration … Continue reading

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Diverse Research Areas in Odum School of Ecology

John Vinson and I had an interesting conversation on how to visualize the collaboration and research focus among labs on our drive back from Atlanta. One idea is to classify labs based on similarity in research focus. We can look at … Continue reading

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Proportion of Female Graduates from Odum School of Ecology Increases Over Time

When I was searching an email last night, I came across an old email calling for graduate student symposium speaker nomination. A list of Odum School of Ecology alumni was attached. I decided to analyze how the gender proportion of graduates … Continue reading

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