Thursday, January 12, 2017

Walk as lions

"If we're gonna fly we fly like eagles
Arms out wide...
If we're gonna stand, we stand as giants
If we're gonna walk, we walk as lions"
- "Lions" by Skillet

Not long after I started at WHOI, my advisor suggested I get on the schedule to give a departmental seminar. I contacted the person in charge, put my name on the list, and voila! Today was my presentation.

Ready to present! Photo by Cassidy D'Aloia.
Giving a seminar is a highly efficient way to introduce my new department to myself and my research. I had a large sample of my new colleagues in one room as a captive audience and the opportunity to make a first impression. I knew the talk would be very important for defining others' perceptions of me, so I selected my material carefully. I practiced my talk numerous times and even got feedback from a small group. If I was going to give a talk, I was going to give a great talk.

And my prep work seems to have paid off. I was reassured to find the audience receptive and engaged. The mark of a good seminar is always the questions it generates, and I got several great questions from others in the department. My presentation covered two chapters of my dissertation, both about benthic fjord communities in the high Arctic (Svalbard). There are a lot of unanswered questions in the region, so I enjoyed talking with other department members after my talk about future research directions to pursue.

Overall, it was a great day!

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