Author: Microcosmic Observations

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Limacella illinita (?)

9/16 at University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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Lycoperdon perlatum

9/16 at Flambeau River State Forest, Wisconsin

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Chlorociboria aeruginascens

9/16 at Flambeau River State Forest, Wisconsin

So, it turns out Twitter is actually a pretty great place to connect with scientists and learn about not only their research but also them as human beings. I’ve plugged my Twitter account on here before, but I am far more active now. You can follow me @microcosmia.

I have not been actively taking pictures (because Utah =/= slime molds and mushrooms), but I have gotten back into painting in a big way. Turns out watercoloring faces is a great way for me to unwind after using my brain all day. I feel silly plugging this side of myself here, where I present myself as a scientist, but for those who are interested in where I’ve been most active online lately, you can find me at my personal Instagram account @bottledutopia. (I’d advise against following if you have any rodent phobias.)

I hope you all are doing well, and thanks for sticking around while grad school is eating me up. If you have any questions about anything ever, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. <3

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Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)

I made the second picture a chicken. I’m not sorry.

5-15 at New River Gorge, WV

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Amanita

9/15 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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As I’ve mentioned before my main goal in science is to make it more accessible, and now I’ve ended up in an area of research that is a little too academic I think for the public at large. But! I still want to make it accessible to people who love science but don’t want to have to open up a bunch of textbooks to try to understand what’s going on.

If anyone is even vaguely interested in me boiling down my hybridization research to high school science terms, like or reply to this post. I will either write something up here or make a video (but I am super intimidated about making a video about it because then it makes it seem like I actually know what I’m doing/talking about).

I’ve decided I’ll make a video (though it will probably take me a very long time to finish it) if only so that I can help my mother understand what on earth I’m doing. But also I think it’s good for me personally to find ways to connect my research to humanity and the world as a whole. Thank you for the encouragement!

As I’ve mentioned before my main goal in science is to make it more accessible, and now I’ve ended up in an area of research that is a little too academic I think for the public at large. But! I still want to make it accessible to people who love science but don’t want to have to open up a bunch of textbooks to try to understand what’s going on.

If anyone is even vaguely interested in me boiling down my hybridization research to high school science terms, like or reply to this post. I will either write something up here or make a video (but I am super intimidated about making a video about it because then it makes it seem like I actually know what I’m doing/talking about).

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My first lead author paper is officially published and hot off the press! I put my blood, sweat, and tears into it, and I am so happy to have a tangible result of my work. The full article can be found here (open access).

@woobiewooooo​ I wish it were gnome-sized. Can’t put a gnome on the supercomputer.