(Science) Detective Work in Toronto

I’m briefly visiting Toronto to finish and publish some of the research I completed during my undergraduate with Dr. Mark Fitzpatrick. It’s keeping me very very busy, but I wanted to share these photos of the butterfly pandemic Toronto seems to be experiencing recently.

I apologize for the image quality; I took all of these photos with my phone.

Last weekend I read papers while sitting in the sun. It was wonderful! Winter really takes a toll. This was my “office” for the afternoon.

I had lots of visitors as I sat there. Some of them were a delightful surprise like this Phiddupus audax fellow:

Then I started trying to invite them with a mini choice experiment with no replication (what a great scientist I am). I used a slice of orange and a drop of honey:

I didn’t get any fun visitors to either of them; just a couple of bottle flies. Interestingly, none of them went for the honey.

Most of my time has not been spent reading science literature in the sun though. Most of it has been spent trying to wrap my brain around the clues that our statistics have been giving us. It’s tricky business that made me wish I had one of these:

I like to cram humorous art into the corners of whiteboards covered in science.

This trip has reminded me (again) how much fun it is to use these clues that our experiments give us to piece together a better understanding of the universe. Scientists are like detectives! But our cases are about the nature of life, the universe and everything (but WHY is it 42?!).

I’ll leave you with a picture of me pretending to be Sherlock Holmes.

P.S. I also cut my hair short.