LAST Week Three: Whale Watching and the Blue Flag

For most of this week, we haven’t had any volunteers, which is an interesting change of pace but in some ways a necessary one to catch up after a hectic first fortnight. I’ve enjoyed having time and space to sort myself out and get to grips with things better, but am now feeling ready to welcome the next volunteer who is arriving in a few days. 

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LAST Week Two: Another Day in Paradise

The second week started with our first zero turtle day. I’ll try not to complain too much about a day sitting on a beach in Costa Rica, but it is frustrating! There was only one volunteer with us and I felt quite bad for her, but she’s here a while longer so hopefully she’ll have plenty opportunities. On the boat journey back we saw a pod of dolphins playing very close to us, which made up for it as far as I’m concerned.

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LAST Week One: In At The Deep End

Yesterday marked the end of my first week at the Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Osa project. I’ve already learned a lot and have a much better idea of what the next nine weeks of my life are going to look like!

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Wildlife Encounters in Costa Rica

In a couple of days I start my new position as a research assistant for Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) on their Osa project, so watch this space for loads of info about that. I’m definitely not the all-work-no-play type, so I’ve begun my trip to Costa Rica with two weeks of travelling in the north-west of the country.

Costa Rica takes conservation and wildlife extremely seriously, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to have incredible guilt-free encounters with so much of the wildlife here.

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Cual es tu profesión? Arrival in Costa Rica, and imposter syndrome

I’m sure when the Customs agent in Costa Rica asked what my occupation was, he wasn’t expecting me to freeze in much the same way you do when a distant relative asks you what you want to do with your life, stammering “I’m not- I don’t-“, oh dear. Later in the taxi, the driver asked if I was a biologist, and I said yes because my Spanish isn’t up to explaining the complexities of that situation.

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The Marine Diaries: The Hidden Treasures of British Seas

Hi! I recently adapted my post on Becoming a British Diver for The Marine Diaries blog, where it is now titled The Hidden Treasures of Britain’s Seas. It’s a much better incarnation of the original post, and I’d love it if you’d go go check it out! They’ve also got loads of other great posts on diving and marine biology careers, including some really cool interviews.

My First Conference! ASAB Easter 2018

Last week I had the great pleasure of attending the ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) Easter Conference at Plymouth University. It was a welcome break from job hunting and a chance to meet some really interesting people who are shaping the field of behavioural research.

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ZP Week Fourteen: Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish!

My fourteenth and final week is now over, and I write this on the train to the airport. I’ll try to save my overall thoughts for a later review post and focus on what’s happened over the past seven days, because it’s never too late to have new experiences.

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ZP Week Thirteen: The Penultimate Pinnipeds

This week has felt the quickest in a series of weeks that have felt exceptionally quick. Such is the result of coming to the end of things – I imagine next week will be even worse!

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