Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy day - sad day, part 1

All good things come to an end. And now it is Amanda's time to leave. She successfully defended her thesis "Zooplankton metacommunity responses to environmental change in the sub-arctic". At this point, there are 3 manifestations of her work:
  • Amanda's electronic thesis link: the UoG library now provides an electronic reference for all theses, which will increase the exposure and accessibility of the research.
  • Her presentation, that is the perfect example of how we should present results to a larger audience

  • An actually hardbound copy of her thesis. While I will probably never open this again for the science (I prefer the pdf version), I just love to have one of these unique books (one out of maybe seven versions) sitting on my bookshelf. There is something so satisfying and memorable about the physical book. I don't think I will ever associate memories with a pdf file, but with a book, memories abound.

I am convinced that in the near future we will see other manifestations of Amanda's hard work, both in the form of peer-reviewed publications, and hopefully more of her insightful blog postings. I am looking forward to see her work on her PhD at McGill University.

And finally one more physical memory of her time here at the university: Amanda hand-made a pen for me!

Happy day sad day indeed.

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