(Or Happy 2016!)

January is more than halfway over and the Skope is returning after a holiday hiatus. On New Year’s Day my family reminisced about our favorite memories in 2015. For me, 2015 was a year filled with travel. I realized that roughly 80% of my trips were related to Microbiology/graduate studies. Even better, over half of these journeys were to places I had never visited before: Georgia (the Country), California, Toronto. Travel is an important component (and perk!) throughout the career of a researcher: conferences, college visits, collaborations, grad school interviews, laboratory workshops, international post-doc positions, global summits, lecture series, and more. Networking during these events provides valuable opportunities to exchange ideas, share research, learn from experts, and develop contacts—the topic of an upcoming Skope post. New posts coming 🙂

I’m grateful for opportunities to travel, learn, network, blog, and research in 2015. Thank you. These are some of my favorite science-related 2015 memories (both in Canada/US and abroad).

Scope 2015

Here’s to new adventures for all of us during 2016. Happy Exploring!

By KCBauer

Hello! My name is KCBauer and I am a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. I am a researcher, writer, musician, and explorer. Originally from Washington DC, I graduated with a BA in Music and BS in Biology in 2014. This blog focuses on the gut microbiota, the trillions of microorganisms that reside along the digestive tract. My grad research at UBC examines the role of the gut microbiota on human health, brain development, and anthropology. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy ambling through Vancity, listening to music, reading science journals, and hiking. If you have questions, ideas for blog topics, suggestions for place to visit in BC, or corrections send me an email at

6 replies on “EXPLORE”

Hi Kylynda!

Thanks for the excellent blog. Just heard that a study came out on the microbiomes of newborns, and another on the microbiomes of corpses! So there’s certainly a lot to explore. Glad you had a great vacation. Good luck in the new academic term.

Happy 2016!


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Very nice! Some of these I recognize, and some I don’t. I wish they were labeled. Is that Butchart Gardens in the upper right? It doesn’t look exactly as I remember it from one visit many years ago, but they probably do make changes from time to time. Beautiful, anyway.


Hello Madeline-I haven’t been to Butchart Gardens yet, but I’d love to visit. Give my greetings to your family: Top (L-R) Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, Vancouver (CAN)/ Light House near Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown (US) / Rose Gardens at UBC (CAN) // Middle (L-R) Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (GEORGIA) / University of Chicago (US) / Marienplatz Munich (GER) // Bottom (L-R) Badlands National Park (US) / View of Golden Gate Bridge (US)


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