It feels a bit weird to be updating this post now that I’m done with all my other posts, but I just realized that I was meant to introduce myself during connecting week.
Såatte… hej! My name is Hanna, and I’m a fourth-year PhD student at Stockholm University (Sweden). My research focuses on figuring out how caterpillars have evolved to eat toxic plants (especially cabbages). Although this job does include some glamorous CRISPR-ing and fieldwork in coastal Spain, I spend most days in front of a computer, dreaming about my next oat latte.
From the teaching side of things, I’ve been a lecturer in five iterations of a conservation biology course taught at the undergraduate/master’s level. I also have a lot of experience in supervising the independent research projects of high-schoolers and undergraduate students, but I don’t think I really talk about that much throughout my blog posts. ConBio is certainly what’s been taking up my headspace these days, and I’m really proud of some of the group activities my supervisor and I have developed over the years to teach students basic bioinformatic skills. We have students analyze real genomic data that we, ourselves, collected — and I just think that’s pretty neat!
I originally signed up for ONL because I had never taken a pedagogy course and wanted to get at least one under my belt before graduating. ONL seemed like a natural choice, as the pandemic increased student interest in online courses, and being good at giving online courses might mean I have to commute less in the future. In the end, I stayed in ONL for the community — my PBL group was great, and answered teaching questions I didn’t even know to ask.
Not really sure what else to say, other than that the beautiful beast you see above all of my posts is a chihuahua named Svante. His great passions in life include eating chicken, barking at strangers, and beating up a stuffed shark from IKEA. My great passion in life is giving him scratchies on his chest fluff.
Until next time,