A couple of weeks ago, Isabel Fisk-Baruque left us and returned to Belgium. We loved having her here, and definitely appreciated her help on our reptiles & roads work.
The graduate students in the EEB group had a going-away party for Isabelle. It was great fun, but I couldn't help but marvel at how wonderful a group of graduate students we have. Being a graduate student means that one is generally underpaid and overworked, so it should at least be fun, with lots of love, friends, and bonding. In some institutions the graduate students are not so happy, so I am delighted to see that here at Ohio University our graduate students truly love each other. And they do kick-ass teaching and research! It's a win-win.
On Tuesday, August 30th my student Tom Radomski successfully defended his masters thesis!!! He gave a great talk on biogeography and niche evolution in the Eastern Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus. One of his committee members noted this was Ph.D. quality work, and I agree.
I am always happy to see a student graduate and move on to the next challenge in life, but I am also sad to see them go. Tom is loved by everyone, and we already miss his spritely energy.