New Course, Seagrass, & Semlor

Greetings once more from Sweden!

I’m happy to announce that my Fisheries Ecology class has come to an end. Normally, I am not so eager for a class to finish, but I think I’ve had just about as much as I can take when it comes to modeling programs. To be fair, the class was a great introduction to understanding how fisheries managers manage a fishery, but both the modeling project and the stock assessment project were massive leaps (for me anyway) between the textbook theory and actual hands-on modeling.

Monday the 20th was the first day of my 3rd course here in Lund, Aquatic Ecology. Now this is a course I am rather excited about. The aim of the course is to increase our knowledge regarding the scientific method, scientific writing, and further develop our oral presentation skills. This equates to projects, scientific article readings, and PowerPoint presentations, c’est fantastique! No seriously, I actually really enjoy these things, especially when everything is related to current research in the aquatic ecology field. During the first lecture, our professor mentioned that one of the major assignments for this course will be an individual project worth 30% of our overall grade. One of the things I’ve come to love about Lund University is the freedom students are often given to explore areas of their own interest.  So I was not surprised when our professor encouraged us to begin thinking of possible topics that we find of personal interest. It took me about five seconds to decide on a topic, seagrass. Why seagrass you might ask, well because seagrass meadows are beautiful, unique, and they provide an amazing environment to conduct research in. Come on, if you’re version of going to the office everyday meant snorkeling or scuba diving through some seagrass meadows, you’d be pretty happy, no? If you don’t want to take my word on the awesomeness that is seagrass, fine, but perhaps you can use you’re eyes instead…

Photo from www.psmag.com. Photo credit: NatalieJean.

Photo credit: NatalieJean.

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Photo credit: Rachel Sussman

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Photo credit: Bill Keogh

Okay okay, I’m finished with my geek-out. Moving on…

Lund is beginning to get a bit more of a proper winter. We’ve been having on and off snow, and some pretty high winds. Nothing to complain about though, especially when I consider this Polar Vortex business going on back home.

Sightseeing on my way to class.

Sightseeing on my way to class.

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Still sightseeing…

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It’s a bit of a long walk…

One exciting change that I have been noticing in the bakery windows all around town is the appearance of a lovely little cream pastry. Known here as Semlor, these pastries are traditionally eaten prior to lent, more specifically, on Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday/Fat Tuesday. Why they are showing up now, well I can only assume that they are just too good to be eaten only once a year. I have not yet had time to purchase one of these delicious looking treats. However, on the final day of Fisheries Ecology our professor brought in a box full of them. All I can say is that it was a great way to spend a fika.

Semlor. Photo credit: Maia Brindley Nilsson

Semlor. Photo credit: Maia Brindley Nilsson

Until next time!

Abby

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