Finally, after an outrageously hectic time things have calmed down… ‘slightly’ so I guess it’s time to get back to tapping away on my laptop and letting people know what’s been cracka-lackin!..
May = Mission High Water
WE DID IT! Rachael and I completed our challenge (although not within the 24 hour deadline). We raised over £3000 for charity and became the first women to successfully complete the challenge. WOAH. Find out more about it here. Or watch our video here!
June = Back to PhD work and jointly organising a Himalayan research workshop for Bristol Glaciology Centre
The workshop was the epitome of “Global Challenges” - firstly, organising it was itself a ‘global challenge’ with delegates travelling from all over the world - USA and pretty much every country the Himalayas and other mountain regions span! Meeting academics from these countries opened my eyes to what research and in particular what I as a researcher in the UK, can do. It was a good few days and I look forward to collaborating with the network of Himalayan academics in the future.
July - PhD work - Extractions, extractions, extractions…
I started growing crops again to continue with my agricultural research, plus did a lot of analysis in the lab!
I have become really interested in understanding the natural plant system on the proglacial landscape and using this knowledge to adapt my crop work back in the UK. The alpine plants pictured are from the Himalayas. I have started thinking about legumes and how their N-fixing capabilities are more similar to species that live in these nutrient limited environments. Exciting stuff!
August - Fieldwork prep
I am off back to India in a few weeks so its time to really get stuck in planning.
Unsurprisingly I don’t have many pics of the vast spreadsheets, travel plans and washing of plastic bottles for samples!!….
September - Back to India! - More about this soon!
October - Walking around Malta and Gozo with Harry - Post in-coming
What a fantastic trip with my best friend!!!
I also tried out my film camera properly for the first time!