/Here is another report from our PhD-student Linda-Liisa Veromann, who is currently working in Tasmania. Her first blog post can be found here./
I have been in Tasmania for five weeks now and thing are going great.
I’m collecting data faster than I thought I would, so I will likely be able to do a few more species than I originally intended. The number of plant species available for study here still amazes me and I am very excited to come to work every day!
So far, the data looks good and the plants are opening their stomata nicely: co-operating well with me!
Everyone is so helpful and wonderful! I have made good friends here!
In addition to collecting data and anatomical samples, I have listened to several interesting seminars about what other people are doing here, both with plants and animals. There are a lot of interesting projects going on here! I find the research concerning stomata and cavitation extremely interesting, even groundbreaking.
Also, I have learnt a how to use some of the equipment they have here, like the LI-COR and some useful ways to make my work faster, for example how to measure leaf area quicker.
Although, it’s autumn here now, it’s still quite warm – something like the middle of Estonian spring, so it will be very similar to the weather in Tartu soon. If I’m not working, I am using my weekends here to explore the wonders of Tasmania with a couple of great people I met at the University of Tasmania.
I am doing everything so the five weeks left here would be even more productive and fun as well!
Sending my regards to everyone,