Back from our 5-week wandering to Italy and around Israel. We had up to 16 family members also visiting during this period. See Bonnie’s blog for a great update…I cannot compete with her blog! So, what’s my angle? I guess I’ll focus on ecology and Fulbright activities here.
Life was very relaxing when we were away and now getting back to working. I have been spending most of my time writing, collaborating with folks in the Blaustein lab, giving talks at Israeli universities, and dealing with other academic responsibilities. I have not been out in the field lately and hope to get out some in the next few weeks. Wildflower season comes in February and trips are being planned.
This is also a time of reflection on my research, teaching and academic future. They say sabbaticals are a good time to do this and I'm toying with ideas about where to go from here. For now though, enjoying the ride!
Of course, we have had many outdoor trips and the ecosystems visited have been wonderful. From the Red Sea to the deserts (Judean and Negev), our time on long hikes have been filled with great wildlife, plant life, and even some flowering. Also, I can't enough of that human layer of history wherever we go. Life is also changing quite a bit with Nina now at school and Adam taking off 29.1 for boarding school! We're going to miss that guy!
This blog will follow my experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Israel (University of Haifa) during the 2017-18 academic year. Also check out the family blog for another perspective.