In society, the division of labour between different individuals is important to continue the functionality of the collective population. Everyone has different roles and responsibilities. Numerous industries exist, each fulfilling a unique purpose. The same is true in research – specialization within niche fields is becoming more and more common. Researchers study different things, and even those working in the same lab will have different research focuses. Despite, and in light of, the narrowing of individual focuses, collaborations become more and more important in order to ensure that we can all function cohesively as well as individually.
This blog post has been a long time coming, and I think it truly exemplifies the types of unexpected turns that a PhD – and life in general – can take you. With the new year, many people make resolutions in an effort to improve themselves and to start fresh. In my case, that is exactly what I have done with my PhD – I am excited to announce that I am starting a brand new PhD research project with Dr. Jo Appleby (School of Archaeology & Ancient History) and Professor Jeremy Levesley (Department of Mathematics, and primary supervisor for Etienne, INTREPID #4).