Being a researcher is not always a picnic

Doing your own research and Science is rewarding.  You get to work with subjects that you find to be interesting and important (at least to some extent, more about this later). When you get your research paper published, you get the feeling that you have contributed something to the world; this new piece of information,…

Lessons from China

China. Pollution. Garbage. Plastic waste. Bad air quality. Traffic. The most polluting river in the world. Just some thoughts that may come to your mind when you hear the word “China”. (At this point it is reasonable to add that considerable amounts of pollution and garbage in China are caused be Western people due to…

Our new review article is finally published!

It was roughly over two years ago, in the spring of 2017, when we (Katri and Annika) had the pleasure of visiting  IRSTEA (National Institute for Environmental and Agricultural Science and Research) in Lyon, France. This short-term scientific mission was funded by the COST Action CA15113 and was hosted by Dr. Thibault Datry. Our scientific…

Another kind of field trip

Fieldwork, for us, is a synonym for carrying lots of different types of sampling bottles and jars, equipment for measuring e.g. pH, EC and velocity, toothbrushes, bottles of alcohol, kick-nets, cool boxes (which will eventually be filled with water and/or biological samples, making the way back very tough)…and very long days. This year, during the…

Invasion of the magnificent bryozoan (Pectinatella magnifica) in Finland

Hi everyone!  Below you can find a brief description of my (Katri’s) current postdoc-research project.  I will make new posts about the project as it progress. In short,  I will be studying the invasion patterns of this magnificent bryozoan moss animal  in Finland. Ecology of Pectinatella magnifica The magnificent bryozoan (Pectinatella magnifica (Leidy 1851)) is…

…and how the thesis is celebrated in Finland!

A continuum for a previous post titled “How thesis is defended in Finland” So, after the public defense it is time to have the post-defense party called Karonkka, which is usually held in the evening of the defense day. Officially Karonkka is organized in the honor of the Opponent, but in reality it is a party…

Happy 101st Independence Day, Finland!

Today, December 6th, we are celebrating Finland’s 101st Independence Day. Did you know that Finland was the second country in the world, and first in Europe, to give women the right to vote? New Zealand was the first one. OK…Australia kind of was the second one, but they only gave the right to a certain…

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…