3 weeks to next field season

Times flies. In three weeks I am back at KRR with a new field team ready to put the shovels into the red soil and recapture the mole-rats colonies from last season. Very exciting, as recaptures this season will give an idea about what microbiome questions we can ask and what samples to prioritise for sequencing. Fingers crossed we will get good replicates and nice spread of groups and individuals in different categories of interest!

Sometimes the holes for the traps are deeper than a meter. This one from last season was very successful; trapped lots of mole-rats here it was worth the exercise! – Photo Cred to Yannick Francioli

Before going south I will travel north to Finland and ESEB and present a poster about the ostrich gut microbiome work I did in Lund before staring my PhD. Feels like long time ago I worked at the ostrich farm but it is less than two years ago. I hope to be able to answer questions about ostriches at ESEB but there is a risk I’m too occupied thinking about next field season with the mole-rats…

SA 2016, first time at the ostrich farm, working on my master’s thesis

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