Author Archives: pindanletters

Blurring boundaries

Back in September 2015 I had some time on campus. My visit coincided with a lecture by Mayu Kanamori, called Blurring Boundaries. Mayu is a storyteller. Her stories are created through many mediums: theatre, photos, performance, writing, radio, documentaries. Based in Sydney, Mayu has received awards for promoting multiculturalism and reconciliation. I wanted to hear […]


Most PhDs morph into something different than you first expect, so they say. I’ve been helping with a research program “separate” to my PhD. Or so I thought. It was a three-year research program with one of the Aboriginal groups that I’m working with. This other research program had real overlaps with mine. Plus two […]

It’s time to transcribe

A little while ago I read about how our brain loves novelty. It explained why I (somewhat guiltily) love it when a message/tweet/email/fb notice/reminder calls my attention. I’m not sure why that novelty theory only seems to apply to minor or superficial types of interruptions. Because on the other hand, when I need to switch […]

Running the PhD race: lessons from a half marathon

This blog is in response to a post that compares swimming training to PhD work. The authors find some key lessons from swimming that relate to the skills and qualities required to get through a PhD. Below is the response I posted as a comment (long comment!). Thanks for your blog Michelle and Tori! […]

A message from the rains

After a jam packed Christmas break (newly engaged = the summer of champagne), we flew back to Broome on the eve of big rains in the Kimberley. Rain and storms in the west Kimberley are not a common occurrence, and my partner and I didn’t want to miss out! We arrived in Broome late afternoon […]

Tropical musings

This is the second year that I have attended the Tropical Research Network Conference held from November 3 – 7 at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University. The Tropical Research Network (TRN) is a collaboration of Australian Universities who nominate students to become TRN members based on their PhD research in a tropical area. The […]

Reciprocity and #ESA14

Earlier this year I submitted two abstracts to the Ecological Society of Australia Conference (#ESA14), to be held in Alice Springs in October. My intention was for four Indigenous Rangers from the Kimberley to attend #ESA14 with me. Two Bardi Jawi Oorany (Woman) Rangers would co-present with me, focusing on Bardi Jawi perspectives of freshwater […]

My accidental community

Living and studying towards a PhD in a remote community, I have developed an unwitting network of colleagues and mentors. I live more than 1000km from a capital city and more than 1500km from my own University. I don’t see other students very often and I don’t know many people studying a similar topic. I […]

Connecting across the tropics

This year I have been invited to participate in the Tropical Research Network (TRN), a new network created to bring research students together who are focused on tropical issues. Eight Australian Universities have joined the network, with the first cohort selected in 2012. The biggest event for TRN each year is a conference and last […]


I’m in transition; my proposal was accepted and my ethics application will be submitted tomorrow. I have a little unfinished business from a field trip a few weeks ago. Otherwise, the next stage of research beckons. I haven’t jumped into the next stage yet. I think I’m procrastinating, enjoying wallowing in days that are without […]