Free-range pigs enjoying the winter sunshine at Balgove

The Conscientious Omnivore

For a few years of my early twenties, I was “vegetarian”. This happened because I was on a game drive in the Kruger National Park, eating biltong while watching a small family of kudu cross the road. I suddenly realised that the meat in my hands and my mouth had once been an animal just…

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Standing up for Science

A few weeks ago I received email notification that Sense About Science and Voice of Young Science were going to be hosting their annual ‘Standing up for Science’ workshop. Forty seats (oooh, competitive), lunch (excellent) and an opportunity to speak with journalists (re-eally now?). I was all for the small group and free food, but…

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In the Field

Just after I handed in my masters thesis, I had drinks with old friends and mentioned over a glass of wine that I was contemplating doing my Ph.D instead of re-joining the ‘real world’. My friend’s husband literally did a double-take and blurted out “but Lauren, you’re not a failure – you don’t have to…

Spring Low off East Sands, St. Andrews

Ebb and Flow

I like to think I know the basics about a few things – for example, how putting a knife in the toaster is always a bad idea, why the sky is blue, how to change a lightbulb, and how tides work. To be completely honest, the knife in the toaster thing I learnt the hard…

Jellies on West Sands - Lauren Biermann

In a Nutshell!

So… what did you get up to today? Well, I spent my morning on West Sands helping a friend search for seals. Dead or alive (personally, I was hoping for the latter). I then got into the institute, imbibed around 2 litres of coffee (all the way from Cape Town, thank you SJI) and proceeded…

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Life less Ordinary?

Homesickness is a strange beast. When I first arrived in Scotland, I felt for the longest time that there just wasn’t enough oxygen in the air… like a tight band had wound itself around my chest, preventing me from feeling anything beyond a dull ache. Constant exhaustion. I would wake still half locked into vivid…

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Proof in the Pudding

Lars-the-guru: FIELD DIARY First analysis Ginger Student returned to the institute in time for our Monday meeting but that gleam is still in her eye so I was curious as to what story the data would tell me… The first thing I did was examine her transit pattern to distinguish between the different travel modes…