Who has now finished her MSc! Jeli did a great job with her thesis and will now join the Schwander lab as a research assistant 🙂 . Jeli also painted a fantastic picture for me which details Jeli (the female Timema) explaining her results to me (the male Timema). Also note Jeli’s ball-and-chain since she was my ‘slave’, and her broken antenna as it was a ‘tough master’.
Summer is here, and that means one thing – It’s Timema catchin’ time!
Timema live primarily in California, and so I selflessly volunteered to go and spend a month collecting there.
The fieldwork went well (minor catastrophes as we went along of course…), and it was amazing to get the chance to observe where and how the Timema live in the wild. I am a strong believer that biologists should ‘love thy organism’, meaning you should take time to get to know about the many aspects of your organism’s biology and ecology, otherwise any amount of sequence data (or even behavioural data taken in the lab) may not make any sense, or end up being misinterpreted.