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Postcard from the Field: São Paulo, Brazil

Anat holding a frog

Me with Hypsiboas faber, the Blacksmith tree frog

I study the effects of current and historic habitat fragmentation on amphibian genetics and disease. This involves fieldwork in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. This year my fieldwork is focused on sampling frogs from a fragmented landscape and a nearby pristine, continuous forest. My work was funded by a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant.

Anat Belasen, Doctoral Candidate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

9 Tips for Incorporating Fitness into a Grad Student Schedule

February is notorious for its history of already-forgotten New Year’s resolutions. Many times, fitness goals are the first to fade, especially for busy folks. That said, Recreational Sports wants to keep you on track to achieve your 2016 fitness goals! Haven’t started yet? That’s okay! Haven’t worked out since undergrad? That’s okay, too! Recreational sports, club sports, and intramural sports are available to graduate students, and we’re here to help get you started. We’ve prepared some keys to beginning and continuing a successful fitness plan:

That Time I Built A Wooden Box for Science

When I came to graduate school to study chemistry, I suspected that I would have to expand my skill set to succeed. Experimental design has a tendency to draw from many different areas of expertise. It’s not enough to be a good chemist; you have to be a good chemist who is part electrician, part engineer, part computer programmer. But, now in my fifth year, I figured those days were behind me and I’d finally gotten a handle on the whole thing.