How thesis is defended in Finland

If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter (as you should), you know that Mariana defended her thesis three weeks ago (12.10.2018). Hurrayy! Inspired by that really exciting day and the super fun evening party, we decided to write a post about how a thesis is defended and celebrated in Finland. Here is the first part…

Mutation taking a bloody color

There’s no evolution without mutations. Mutations happen in nature (in people, too) all the time. Usually you cannot really see it with your bare eyes if a mutation has taken place, but sometimes the outcomes of mutations are clearly visible. A fine example of a visible mutation is the red-leaved downy birch (Betula pubescens f….

Ni hao from China

Dear reader, it’s me, Annika. I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while now, but today I actually found some time to do it (needed a small break from R). So. I started as a postdoc in China in May. What a change in surroundings, culture, climate, and all! Wow… But I’ve managed…

SIL2018, we made it!

SIL2018 is now over! What a fun week it was! For those of you who might not know, SIL stands for International Society of Limnology (Capital Letters in weird order, yes). So this time the SIL congress was in Nanjing, China. We (i.e. Annika, and my fellow congress mates) enjoyed some great hospitality shown by our Chinese host…

Saturday = sauna day

You may have heard of a thing called sauna. And you may have heard that Finns enjoy sauna very much. You also may have heard that there is nudity involved. Yep. All is true. We love it (as our almost-Finn Brazilian Mariana does after spending four years in Finland) and we usually do it naked….

Some words about the importance of biodiversity

Biodiversity is defined as ‘the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems’. This description has been formulated by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD 2018) and it is nowadays a…

Hyvää Juhannusta

Today we celebrate midsummer fest, Juhannus. It is the time in the northern hemisphere when the day is the longest and the sun shines throughout the night. Although, not so sure if we can see the sun today as, like usual, it seems that this day is going to be quite rainy one. However, that…

Introducing Mariana

Here I am!! The last one to be introduced to the World 😉 It took me a while..but I had a good excuse. I was finishing my thesis and after that recovering from this very though moment in all PhD’s lives. I survived! I made it 😀 Let’s cut to the chase and talk about…

Metamorphosis of snow and ice, part 2

Alright. It’s time for part dieu, before this whole wintery-theme is going to be “the snows of the past winter” (“menneen talven lumia”) as we say in Finnish. So, before the idea melts away like the snow already did (as we observed in part 1), let’s proceed to the sea ice melt. In Finland, some people…