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A very contemplative mammoth, indeed.

By Toothpaste for Dinner

Things have been rather quiet on this blog in the last month or so as I’ve been working hard on #phd2012, and I wanted to give a brief update lest you thought this particular mammoth had gone extinct. I’ll be defending my dissertation on July 5th, and am planning on live-streaming the public portion of my defense, so stay tuned for details!

Remember that post I wrote about the obligatory “What’s next?” I am very excited to report that I will be moving to Providence, RI in August to begin a position as a Voss Postdoctoral Fellow at the Environmental Change Initiative at Brown University. I am very excited about this position, which allows me to work jointly with two advisors from two different departments on an explicitly interdisciplinary project. I’ll be working with global change ecologist Dov Sax (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) and paleoeclimatologist James Russell (Geological Sciences) on a project that will bring a paleoecological approach to ecosystem function in novel ecosystems.

You can also find me at the American Quaternary Association biennial meeting in Duluth in two weeks, and the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR in August. I’m co-hosting a free workshop with Sandra Chung of NEON on Social Media for Collaboration, Outreach, and Impact at ESA as well.

And now, I must get back to that little project I’m working on. Our Thesis, who art incomplete…. 

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Jacquelyn Gill

5 replies

  1. It makes me sad to think you’ll leave us here in Wisconsin, but I see no chance that you’d fail your thesis because if they didn’t have a Faculty of Science, they’d have to put you in the Faculty of Awesomeness. Go team!


  2. Congrats on being almost done! I’m a ecology PhD student at U of Minnesota and have been lurking on your blog for a little while. But I finally wanted to say a few things: first, congrats on the post-doc. I went to Brown as an undergrad, and it’s a great place and Providence is a nice place to live .

    Second, *how* are you getting your defense talk live-streamed?!? I’ve been wanting to get my department to be able to do the same thing, as I’m no longer physically in Minnesota (due to 2-body problem) and I don’t want to miss all my peers’ defenses.

    Third, I’d love to meet you in person at ESA; I dig your research, and am also working on a citizen science project with a social media component.

    Margaret Kosmala


  3. Dear Jacquelyn,

    Congratulations on your postdoc position. I found that the 2 years during my postdoc were great years. Enjoy the time before you dive into the the insane world of being an assistant professor (should you decide to go that route).

    My Ph.D. student is also defending her dissertation this summer and I shared something with her yesterday that you may find interesting, related to the not-so-smooth Ph.D. experience of Albert Einstein. Here is the link:

    I would would love to attend your defense (virtually).



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