I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted and this one is going to be short and sweet! Last time, I ended saying next time hopefully I’ll be writing from Malaysia. That hasn’t quite happened yet but my tickets are now officially booked and I leave in 3 days! THREE DAYS! I’m so excited! It was a rougher road than expected, but we managed to get our permits through some persistence, help from people in Malaysia, and Steve Moore, who sent countless e-mails and made many phone calls!
To update where I’m at with PhD work, I’ve actually got a fair bit of writing done in the past 2 weeks. I snapped out of my writers block and am progressing through the literature review and my proposal. My new plan is to do my Confirmation at the end of February 2016. This leaves me time to finish the proposal in Malaysia and finish a first draft of the lit. review over Christmas.
Expect lots of photo updates on Twitter: @SammSherman27 and an update here in a couple weeks to let you know how our field work is going and what we’re seeing on the videos! Other people in my lab that have been working in the Northern Great Barrier Reef have already got lots of sharks and rays on their videos so hopefully we can match that!
Finally, to end on a sentimental, mushy note… I want to thank 2 amazing friends from Canada, Sean and Derek, who were travelling in SE Asia for a couple months but are now in Townsville! They have been here a week now and have just made my life much happier. It’s so nice to have friends from home around! They’re also going to be house-sitting while I’m away for 5 weeks, very much appreciated! I did say I was going to keep this one short, so that’s all for now. I will post again soon from Malaysia!
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