So I am off back up to the babbler project, a couple of weeks later than I had orginally planned. The birds are breeding late this year, after what seems to have been a chaotic winter (lots of the dominants seem to have died or gone missing). But I will not just be going up for a couple of weeks but for two and a half months, while writing up my PhD! With the amazingly poor quality of the internet in the remote north Northen Cape, I will have limited access to papers. Therefore, starting from next week I will be on a paper binge: downloading any paper that might in some sense be useful. I am hoping that being in the kalahari will help with my writing up, seeing the birds usually makes me happy and so, fingers crossed, they can push me through to the finish. The only problem with seeing the birds again is that my mind will start finding new questions to ask about their behaviour, and develop new experiments. But maybe that will help me write a decent proposal for a post doc, who knows!
I am a behavioural ecologist, my main interests revolve around familial conflicts and their resolutions. However, my scientific interests are fairly broad.