Thoughts on finishing what you start
Gouging someone for nearfall with black dyed hair, OH, 152...160 lbs? 2001? 2002? Photo: Mom
|Inside control - practiced since the 16th century (University of Chicago archives)|
|Finishing what you start (University of Chicago archives)|
|This one definitely finished early - blood round for a state tournament birth, 160 lbs, Mentor District, OH, 2002.|
If I can't do what I set out to do with my current USU ET-AL and past UW colleagues, then I compromise my own ability to continue to professionally study and restore ecosystems. Simply put, if I don't finish my past projects and finish them well, then that time spent in the scientific process was not ultimately as effective as it could have been. Since my work is mission-driven, delays or partial completions are not conducive to informing ecosystem restoration and management. And, most researchers want to hire other researchers who can, well, finish things.
|This photo has nothing to do with finishing things or wrestling, but it's pretty. Wood Camp, UT.|
In addition to the previously blogged paper in RRA, I managed to close down two projects that date back to my time as an M.S. student at the University of Washington. The first of which was a chapter from my greenhouse work on the functional traits of two sedges, Carex stipata and Carex obnupta. This was the first project that I ever undertook on my own, identifying how sedge species responded to different levels of soil resources and environmental stress. It marks the first time I took an idea from fruition to completion, largely on my own.
|Hanging in Washington State's finest Carex obnupta, 2009|
|Goodell 2011. We'll be back shortly...|
|Rodney and the river, et al.|