it has been a while since I posted something. After my trip to Cameroon things got a bit quiet and the job search continued. Luckily I can now make it official that I have accepted a position as PhD candidate at the Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague! For this position I will be traveling to Cameroon between 3-6 times in the coming four years for research trips lasting around two months each. The rest of the time I will be in Prague. So feel free to visit ;). I will be researching: Plant-pollinator interactions along an Afrotropical altitudinal gradient. The research is focused on changes of general characteristics of pollination networks along the altitude, as well as on case studies of selected pollination systems. As someone who is extremely interested in ecosystem functioning this is a rather interesting topic.
I was not the only candidate they had. As you can see below quite a diverse group had applied. In total 42 applications where submitted and only six people where interviewed through skype. Luckily for me, I was the one they selected.
I did get the news on a weird day; prior to the funeral of my grandmother. So I couldn’t really celebrate directly, but still enjoyed the news during the following days (and still). From May onward I will be extremely busy with my PhD and before that time I can enjoy a holiday (any suggestions?), work on the website of the Dutch Gorilla Foundation and prepare for my phd (maybe even as a Guest researcher at Naturalis).
So another interesting period is waiting for me and a lot more blog posts will follow! Our research group in Prague also has its own webpage: http://www.insect-communities.cz/
Enjoy your freedom before the work really start. And enjoy the work also, of course.