Thesis is printed and uploaded to the library (but not allowed to call myself Dr until graduation in December). Is this really real?
Evaluation is important, so why don’t we do it more often?
This is Part 3 of a series of posts outlining the research journey of my PhD so far. In my last post, I gave an overview of the many different approaches which can be used to evaluate environmental policies. I think it’s pretty well established that evaluation is an incredibly important activity, as it’s really the only…
#NACCB2014 and beyond: a month PhDing in the USA
I recently returned back from a 4-week trip to the United States, where I attended the 2014 North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) in Missoula, Montana from 12-17 July. Given this was my first time visiting the US and one of my case-studies is on conservation banking, I made sure I extended my trip beyond the…
Environmental offset policy and bridging the science-policy divide
The latest issue of Decision Point magazine features a brief article outlining some the “co-benefits” that have been generated through the collaboration between the Department of the Environment and researchers from the Environmental Decisions Group which resulted in EPBC Act environmental offsets assessment guide. I’ve previously blogged about this collaboration here, but as mentioned in…
Reflections on the 2014 Fenner Student Retreat
One of the things I love about the Fenner School is the annual Research Student Retreat. Each year, all Fenner PhD and MPhil students are invited to attend a 2-day ‘retreat’, which basically involves a mixture of workshops, social activities, wine, cheese and fire pit frivolity. The School arranges all of the core retreat ingredients – overnight…
Doing too much or not enough?
It’s fair to say that 2014 have been pretty busy for me so far. Things didn’t start well when I broke my leg skiing in Japan (holiday was lovely otherwise), but apart from dragging around a full leg cast since New Year’s I seem to have been doing lots of “stuff”. In the last two…
PhD milestone #1: Complete
Just a note to say that I completed my thesis proposal review (aka confirmation) this week. Time for a few days off!