I have struggled a lot to explain my current line of research to people in my life who aren’t scientists. But if I can’t explain my research to everyone, then I can’t claim to really know what I’m doing. So I’m going to try my best.
Models of natural phenomena – say, the size of the elephant population in a nature reserve – usually have some kind of randomness in them, because natural systems constantly change.
With my Master’s degree in hand, I’m happy to say that I will be starting a year-long fellowship with the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) in September, at the Max Planck Center for Biodemography in Odense.
When I tell people about this exciting new chapter in my academic career, they usually ask me, “What’s biodemography, and why do you want to study it for a year?”
Demography is the mathematical study of populations.