Around the world in 80 days

Around the world in 80 days

Blogger: Abigail Lynch, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and a CSIS member, blogs from Down Under -- she's in Australia to build a framework for her dissertation research. She's interested in developing a decision-support tool to regulate harvest management strategies for lake whitefish in a changing climate.

 

 

Around the world in 80 days

Aug. 3, 2011

last shotReflecting on this series of posts, it’s amazing how my understanding of my own project and of my general issues of research interest has evolved through this travel fellowship. I still have the daunting behemoth of my dissertation research in front of me, but I have a much better understanding of my goals, objectives, constraints, and limitations. I was a bit overambitious in thinking that I would get through all the papers that people suggested while I was here, but I will continue to add to my growing annotated bibliography. Through my last few days at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Alistair Hobday and I have developed a dissertation schematic for me to begin to develop my project. I am ready to return to Michigan and hit the ground running!

Thanks again to everyone for helping me make this an informative and fulfilling trip. I sincerely appreciate all the assistance, good will, and support from folks here in Australia and back in the United States and my funding sources for making this trip possible: William W. and Evelyn M. Taylor Endowed Fellowship for International Engagement in Coupled Human and Natural Systems; International Studies and Programs Predissertation Award; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Summer Fellowship; Graduate School Research Enhancement Award; and travel award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Good on you, Australia!

Lynch's studies are supported by a William W. and Evelyn M. Taylor Endowed Fellowship for International Engagement in Coupled Human and Natural Systems, an International Studies and Programs Predissertation Award, an Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Summer Fellowship, a Graduate School Research Enhancement Award, and a travel award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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