Even though its the middle of winter I’m still flat out with my PhD project – mainly because nothing is working so I’m scrabbling for any kind of progress I can muster! Here are some recent updates.
I spoke to James O’Hanlon on the In Situ Science podcast, episode here. We had a chat about my masters work, including the importance of taxonomy and naming species after fictional characters, we touched on my current PhD work, and then we went deep into some of the issues and opportunities in the realm of scholarly publishing (due to the opinion piece I wrote for Newsroom recently).
This week I was attending the New Zealand Plant Protection Society conference which was held at Stamford Plaza in Auckland city this year. One of the highlights for me was the AGM where the executive committee proposed a raft of changes for the journal and conference. The membership overwhelmingly approved the proposal to look into these changes, including dropping hard copy printing to free up money for other activities, and introducing a modest publication fee for the journal (which has always been open access). I presented my poster:
The article I wrote for Science Learning Hub about parasitoid wasps has now been updated with a shiny new diagram courtesy of a professional illustrator engaged by the hub. Go and check it out!