"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
It's a gray day in Woods Hole, and I can see the thick, pale clouds covering the sky out my office window. They form a solid canopy, wrapping my world.
My succession experiment won't really take off until the spring, so in the meantime, I'm getting prepared. I'm reading. I'm planning. I'm playing around with new ideas, and I'm networking. WHOI is actually an incredible place to network. The scientific caliber here is extremely high, but the culture is also very open. Every time I meet someone new, they are genuinely interested in hearing about my work and freely tell me about theirs.
I've made several connections with other post-docs and scientists at WHOI. There's the senior scientist who taught me how to identify local tunicate species and the PhD student who could teach me a new analysis technique. There's a physical oceanographer with connections abroad and another post-doc who works in same region of the Arctic as I have. I don't expect any new projects to take shape right away, but it's always good to know what my colleagues are up to. There are several I'd like to collaborate with in the future.
I am getting acquainted with my institution and planting seeds for future projects. We'll see if anything grows!