Author Archives: mdnichol87

About mdnichol87

Marine Biologist studying towards a Master's in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter.

Best Friends ∆ – An Awesome Wave

It was 5:40 in the morning when I got on my bus to leave Falmouth… and totally lost it. I had held it in long enough, and as the bus started moving … I cried. Not only had I just … Continue reading

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The End Of An Era: Thank You Everyone

I’ve been thinking of writing this post for a while now. I knew that my time in Falmouth would come to an end at some point, I just never thought it would be so hard.  I have truly fallen in … Continue reading

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Dad

When my Mom turned 50 last October I decided to write a blog about her and her impact on my life (check out that post here). For my Dad’s 50th birthday (which is today, May 14) I wanted to do … Continue reading

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Trashing the Earth reaches new depths …of nearly 15,000 feet

There is little argument against the notion that we have littered much of the globe: Marine litter, in particular, has garnered quite a bit of attention due to the problems that things like plastic bags and ghost nets cause for … Continue reading

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How a non-religious person celebrates religious holidays— and a shout out for Charity Miles

Easter is yet another holiday predicated on religion, which creates an interesting situation for someone like me.  I am non-religious (probably some combination of a strong agnostic and a freethinker), yet I still celebrate these religious holidays (mainly just Christmas … Continue reading

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My Path to Addiction: Life as a Runaholic

My name is Matt, and I’m an addict, I am completely addicted to running.  I would compare it to being an alcoholic (without all of the negative aspects like ruining your liver and breaking families apart).  In the same way … Continue reading

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Decisions

I had a teacher in highschool … a Phys. Ed. teacher…. who would always resort to the same one-liner when it came to people not complying with something… “Life is all about decisions” Yes, yes it is.  In the years … Continue reading

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Never Enough…

1 year, we all knew it was 1 year.  Every single one of us who signed on for this 1 year Master’s program at the University of Exeter knew… it was only 1 year.  With something so short term, it … Continue reading

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Kenya

I recently went on a 2 week field course to Kenya with my Conservation and Biodiversity MSc program.  The trip essentially marks the halfway point of our journey to a new degree, and it certainly comes with a lot of … Continue reading

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The shark cull in Western Australia

Initially, I was going to stay quiet about this ordeal in Australia, thinking that it would probably not last for very long pr the plan might never get implemented because they came to their senses. I was wrong. For those … Continue reading

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