About Small Pond

This site is about how scientists research, teach and mentor in all kinds of academic institutions, including teaching-centered universities.

It’s often said that research and teaching are compatible. It’s funny how often people repeat that notion, as if they’re trying to convince themselves of something. We honestly don’t know how compatible they are, but we prioritize both of them.

Terry McGlynn is the Editor-In-Chief, and Amy Parachnowitsch and Catherine Scott are Contributing Editors.

In addition to a free email subscription, you can get tweets of new posts via @SmallPondSci, and each of us are @hormiga@EvoEcoAmy, and @Cataranea.

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7 thoughts on “About Small Pond

  1. Hey Terry,
    I’m so happy I discovered your blog! I’m really enjoying learning about what life is like working at a teaching-focused school. I’m currently interested in this path, but haven’t really had role models or insight into what its all about, or how I could make it work at La Selva!

  2. Nice blog, Terry. Your comments about research in a predominantly teaching institution chime with my own experiences at the University of Northampton. It’s a struggle, but oh-so-worth it!

  3. Terry, if you like pressure cookers, you may also want to try a solar oven. With our high elevation, (Albuquerque), a pressure cooker is great for the winter (in combination with slow cookers) but in the summer when it is too hot to cook indoors, the solar oven is perfect — put the food in before going to work, take it out when you get home. Enjoyed your blog post on field stations!

  4. That sounds wonderful! The drawback, though, is that one of my main loves for the pressure cooker is that it’s fast. I don’t even have my act together enough to soak my beans in advance, much less put a whole meal in a contraption half a day in advance. If I were more wise, I would put steel-milled oats in a slow cooker with some nuts and dried fruit every night before I went to bed. But, sleepiness wins.

  5. I am looking for grant money for a small school pond. I am at Oark School. I am really needing grant money for my school project. I am in 8th grade and me and two other people are in it.

  6. Brooke, you might want to check out the subject of this blog a little more carefully, as it’s about scientists doing all kinds of research in universities. the “Small Pond” refers to the metaphor that small teaching campuses are small ponds compared to large research universities. There are a variety of agencies that help provide small grants to schools to improve wildlife – check out your local chapters of the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and so on. Most of these aren’t from national organizations, so I can’t help you out from California. Good luck!

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