Today I have presented my work. Countless months of dreaming, hoping and planning resulted in one year of studies, which I finally presented today. Family and friends participated in the presentation, but their present meant the world for me. The presentation went fine, really fine actually, and I got fantastic response!
After the presentations, me and my class mates went out in the sun and drank champagne, listened to music, ate snacks and just hang for a while. Then we said bye, and joined our families. For my part, that meant sushi and then a drink with my mom and grandpa. They were both happy and satisfied with the day, enjoying the mini vacation.
Everything went so fast these last days that I didnât really stop to reflect on it. This is the end of 5 years of studies, and I now got my master degree. 5 years of learning the basic of life, down to the very atoms, leaning to physics and chemistry before life even takes place, but also the complexity of evolution, categorized through our eyes into zoology, and understood by interactions in ecology. Preserved through conservation biology.
This is my question, that I have hold on to, through all these years: how do we stop mass extinction? How do we conserve species?
There is one, general, that would benefit the majority of species: stop destroying their habitat. But when we come to the question: how, I know after 5 years of studies, that I donât know. Because to the question âhowâ, there is no single answers, there are thousands and thousands. Itâs about the hard field of predicting the future, which comes with some difficulties… In the same way that we canât separate humans from nature, we canât separate society and economy, politics, from nature. For this, collaboration is needed. I have to talk, learn and cooperate with people from different fields. This is, in my guess, the only successful way forward.
Even if I donât know the answers to âhowâ, I now feel ready to try my utter best, with the tools and skills Iâve learned during this past years.
World, what you got for me? Just BRING IT ON!