Research Diary – Pollen Count

Quercus… (Wikimedia Commons)

Well, I didn’t do anything for two weeks, so I hadn’t kept a diary, but this week has been super busy. Because of this I have also decided to stop titling this series by date, because the reality is it quite difficult to be consistent in doing this.

Events and Milestones

I have almost finished the section on pollen analysis. The only thing I have left to do is my own analysis of the results from my case-studies. As usual, an article with lots of relevant and interesting information turned up just as I was about to finish my summary of the results… It means I will have to rewrite it, but I’ll save it for my next draft of this section.

I am looking forward to publishing the draft of my pollen analysis section, as I have dived headfirst into a topic that I wasn’t overly familiar with, but embraced it and tried to immerse myself into the complexities of the statistics and the scientific terms. I was talking to a friend about my diss and they said that it sounded like the perfect blend of science and history, I’m just hoping that it makes an interesting read and that I do the topic justice.

I have decided not to look at any more of my marks for the final essay and the Greek exam. Ignorance is bliss as they say, and this seems to be a recurring thing for me as I still don’t know what I got for my History A-Level coursework. I don’t want to know as I’m worried that if it is less than the standard I hold myself too, it will make my impostor syndrome appear. It doesn’t seem a terribly healthy way of dealing with that, but I don’t really have time to suffer an anxiety attack…

Works Read

These works are my main sources for pollen data (as of 22/06/2020 the links worked, let me know if they are broken):
Greig and J. Turner (1974). Some Pollen Diagrams from Greece and their Archaeological Significance. Journal of Archaeological Science 1, 177-194. (Link, paywall.)

Jahns, S., 1993. On the Holocene vegetation history of the Argive Plain (Peloponnese, southern Greece). Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 2(4), pp.187-203. (Link, to pdf)

Turner, J. and Greig, J.R., 1975. Some Holocene pollen diagrams from Greece. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology20(3), pp.171-204. (Link, paywall)

Tzedakis, P.C., 1999. The last climatic cycle at Kopais, central Greece. Journal of the Geological Society, 156(2), pp.425-434. (Link, paywall)

I was struggling to think about whether I had read anything this week that wasn’t to do with my dissertation and my mind went blank. Then I remembered I read the first five volumes of the Belgian graphic novel, XIII. These volumes deal with man found almost drowned with total amnesia and how he is involved in a fascist conspiracy to take over the United States of America. Some of the content hasn’t aged well, but it does pick apart the structural and causal racism that is prevalent in the US.

Miscellaneous

The strawberry vodka was delicious as was the elderflower cordial, I ended up making a second batch with the final flowers of the season, ended up making ice-lollies with it just as the weather took a turn for the worse. I decided to attempt to make pink gin this time, so we shall see how that goes!

I have finally completed the storymode of Little Big Planet 2! It has only taken me 9 years… It was very satisfying to defeat the Negativatron after so many years, definitely one of those games that you appreciate more as you get older (he says aged 22).

Musing

  • I take back what I said about how calming it was learning about plants, it was fun while it lasted
  • I always disliked the long walk to the university or the stress of the Manchester roads when cycling to it, now I miss it

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