Inspired by this xkcd comic, and facilitated by this online tool, people have been summarising all kinds of ideas using the 1,000 most common words. Naturally PhD students have latched onto this as a source of procrastination and, in a show of solidarity, I decided to join them (this was during my lunch break – honest!). Here’s my PhD thesis:
My work looks at how animals change as the world gets warmer. My animal is like a fly but it has four flying bits, eats other animals, and has big eyes. By looking at where people saw these animals in the past, I figured out how the place and time at which they appear changes with how hot it is. I found that they appear earlier when it is hot, which is interesting because these animals spend most of their lives in water. Animals in water had not been shown to change when they appear in this way before. I also looked at the ways in which we look at changes in where animals appear and showed the best way to look at this problem. Last, I looked at how the form of these animals changes as they move when it gets hotter. I found that the animals that had moved a long way had a form that made it easy for them to move (like big flying bits). In short, the changes shown by the animals that I looked at can be used to build a case for a warming world.
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NOW I get your link to climate science… I thought that part was just a philanthropic hobby.
Ha, no. All that stuff about “this guy works with bugs, therefore he’s not qualified to comment on climate change stuff!” was utter rubbish. I’m a biometeorologist! 🙂