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Vikki Smith
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Thesis defence
On the buildup to my thesis oral exam (/viva/defence) I received so much advice and reassurance that I wondered if perhaps I now know how first-time mothers feel. I had previously been told that a) the oral exam isn't scary and b) it's difficult to fail if ...

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It's been a while...
Since starting my PhD back in October 2013, I've managed to keep up a steady stream of posts. The last four months of my PhD did not make for great blog posts, however. I wrote chapters, handed them to supervisors, waited, and then made corrections and sent...

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The 20th International Congress of Arachnology
Four months before I started my PhD, I went to my first ever conference: the 19th International Congress of Arachnology (ICA) in Kenting, Taiwan. I presented a talk, and connected with a bunch of fellow idiopid researchers to share ideas. That conference ha...

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Results!
I have been cruising around in my warm fuzzy cocoon of writing (which is so nice and entirely predictable, although pretty slow going) and making trees (which are improvements upon my already pretty finished phylogenies, so I can't go wrong). Until a few we...

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Clean lines and organisation
I haven't posted here for a couple of months, mostly because this blog has been helping me to write consistently even when I had no thesis writing to do. Now, I am writing every day anyway, so I don't need to write for the sake of writing. However, this blo...

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Lessons learned in BEAST
At the moment, I am correcting an introduction to one of my chapters, analysing some ecology data, and running BEAST analyses in the hope that I will get nice, convergent trees. If you do lots of things at once, you do them slowly, especially if you are sta...

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The Watch
I thought it said in every tick: I am so sick, so sick, so sick; O Death, come quick, come quick, come quick. -The Watch, by Frances Cornford.  Time is ticking. By October 2016, my three years will be up. By February 2017, my visa and stipend will run out. ...

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Two years in: funding and data analysis
I'm two years into my PhD, which started officially on October the 1st 2013. This time last year, I had completed the following: Completed my proposal and seminar Collected female specimens from throughout NZ Been handed some males from the public, and pinp...

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"Home"
I'm visiting the UK soon; one of my oldest friends is getting married, and another friend from China wants me to show her around Britain. I said I would if she would show me around Shanghai. So on the way back, we'll be stopping off for Chinese New Year. So...

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I know I'm not the only one.
How I always hope my day will go: 7.30am: Get up, get ready. 8.00: Drive to house of person who I car pool with, train hawk while he gets ready. 8.30: Leave for uni. 9.00: Arrive at uni. Work on PhD all day with an hour for lunch and 10 min breaks between h...
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