First step, I have bought my plane tickets to Panama, from the 2nd of April to the 30th of June. I have also found a fieldwork assistant that will help me during the month of April to catch my bat model species in Panama (Molossus molossus). I am making sure to order every missing item that I will need in the fieldwork, for example nets. And I am also finishing the permit proposal for the Panamean authorities, allowing me to catch bats in the country.
From Thurday 26/01 to Saturday 28/01, scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology were meeting in Biberach to present their work to the community. On thursday, I had the opportunity to talk about my PhD program and I had a lot of constructive feedback.
Back to Konstanz, after this first fieldwork stay in Panama and some holidays in France.
My program for the weeks to come is to work on the data I have acquired in Panama, continue to read papers on my subject, finish to write my PHD proposal and also prepare a talk. In 10 days, I will indeed present my subject study to the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, during a retreat that is organised in Biberach. This will constitute a first exchange and a training before the first meeting of my PHD advisory comitee planned one month after!
Small life notes about a PhD student abroad, for family, friends and curious people !