I got back from the Kuruman River Reserve (KRR) and Kuruman Research Centre (KRC) about two weeks ago. This was my first but definitely not the last field season of my PhD.
One can read about the mole rats and watch movies on youtube – but it doesn’t give them justice! They are truly fascinating animals and so much fun to work with in the field. I am so exciting for the next years where I will literarily be digging my way to deeper understanding of their benefits and consequences of group living!
Happy news, I’ve started a PhD program at Linneus University in Kalmar, Sweden. I will hade Damaraland mole-rats as my study system and my main supervisor is Markus Zöttl and my co-supervisor is Jonas Waldenström. I’ll Hope to update this blog more frequently as I now have a long term project to dig into!
I had a 2 month break from my work as research assistant in Lund before going to China, working at Jordbruksverket (The Swedish board of Agriculture) and I hope I will get lots of things done before Christmas.
I visited Kvismaren for two days of mist netting and wader hiking in the reeds. It was hot, like a boiling pot, full of mosquitoes but despite that very fun! First day got to ring three Great reed warbler chicks and the second we tried to catch a female but failed. It was really fun to handle some blue tits again and I also got my first Bearded reedlings. Thanks to Mariana, Gintaras and Laila for two great days in the field!
Field work with blue tits is coming to an end. It has been a busy but very fun field season, and I am very grateful for been given the opportunity to join the project this year. The weather has been amazing, and the tits have been great to work with. I got some good practice in ringing, measuring and taking DNA-samples and hope to work with passerines soon again!
Now I will take up some unfinished work from the ostrich gut micro biome project, moving from small to large birds, from field work to computer work!