Beki is a PhD student at the Center for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter, where she studies the evolution of social relationships and cognition in jackdaws. When she isn’t hanging with clever birds and doing science, she is writing poetry, swimming in the sea, perpetually on her third cup of coffee, and living her best life as a cat reincarnated as a human.
An unfortunate side effect of undertaking a PhD is that hobbies are often left by the wayside. We have every intention of carrying them with us on our long and winding academic roads, but somehow they fall from our pockets. By the time we have noticed, the hike back to them can appear too arduous to be worth the effort.