Presentations have been a running theme in the past few months - I guess they always are in the life of an academic. Elements of my work were presented by Olaf Cirpka at the AGU Fall Meeting in December last year, and he'll also be talking about it at the EGU General Assembly and Computational Methods in Water Resources conference in Toronto in June. I've been working on posters and presentations within our institute, so that I can warm up for my first ever conference presentation at the German Association of Hydrologists (FH-DGGV) meeting in Karlruhe in April this year. I'll aim to post something once I have given the presenation. Although these presentations seem small fry with what is hopefully to come, it is good to feel like my research is worthy of presentation somewhere.
On the topic of presentations I am also preparing for my milestone presentation - what is essentially the qualifying exam for my PhD. It is encouraging for me to see my research plan start to come together and I am excited about the topics I'll be working on and who I'll be collaborating with.
I have now been in my position for nine months now, so it seems kind of fitting that my wife should be expecting a baby. In May I will be adding a delightful complication to my studies, and I have heard that having children during the course of a PhD is just as crazy as any other time. And if life isn't crazy, I'm probably doing it wrong... right?