Calendar

Monday

Ashanti discussing her research poster at a meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) in Santa Fe, NM.

8:30
Pick an orange or grapefruit from one of the trees in my yard to take to the office for a morning snack.
8:45
Arrive at my office, turn on the computer, look out my window to see if there are any dolphins or manatees playing in the water, review my daily schedule return phone calls and email messages.
10:30
Review my three graduate students' weekly progress reports, browse through upcoming funding, meeting and workshop announcements.
12:00
Workout at the gym and grab a light lunch.
1:30
Meet with lab group (1 MS and 2 PhD students) to discuss one scientific article related to our research, review data, and determine the next course of action for their research.
2:30
Discuss collaborative research ideas/proposals/work with colleagues.
3:00
Prepare a proposal or manuscript review, read new journal article(s) and/or work on a manuscript.
5:45
Assign a research article for next week's group meeting and designate a discussion leader, shut down my computer, look outside the window for dolphins or manatees and prepare to leave the office.
6:20
Arrive at my house, pick another piece of fruit, chat with my neighbors, go inside the house hang out with my husband, eat dinner, and read a book, watch television or a movie.

Tuesday

Ashanti and her graduate student Ursula Wilborn explain gamma analysis to Leslie Ibeanusi, a Spelman College undergraduate student.

8:30
Pick an orange or grapefruit from one of the trees in my yard.
8:45
Arrive at my office, turn on the computer, check to see if there are any dolphins or manatees playing in the water, review my daily schedule, return phone calls and email messages.
10:30
Work in the laboratory with my students.
12:00
Workout at the gym and grab a light lunch.
1:30
Meet with one of my graduate students to discuss weekly progress, research, coursework and whatever else the student would like to discuss.
2:30
Work on research proposal or manuscript.
6:00
Shut down my computer, check for dolphins or manatees and leave the office.
6:20
Arrive at my house, pick another piece of fruit, chat with my neighbors, go inside the house hang out with my husband, eat dinner, and read a book or watch television.
10:00
Call and talk with family members who live in Texas.

Wednesday

Ashanti and her undergraduate assistant displaying sediment cores that they collected from a large box corer during a Gulf of Mexico cruise on the R/V GYRE.

8:30
Pick an orange or grapefruit from one of the trees in my yard.
8:45
Arrive at my office, turn on the computer, look out my window to see if there are any dolphins or manatees playing in the water, review my daily schedule, return phone calls and email messages.
10:30
Work in the laboratory with my students and eat a piece of fruit.
12:00
Have lunch with colleagues.
1:00
Meet with one of my graduate students to discuss weekly progress, research, coursework and whatever else the student would like to discuss.
2:00
Work on education and diversity related projects.
6:00
Shut down my computer, look outside for dolphins or manatees and leave the office.
6:20
Arrive at my house, pick another piece of fruit, chat with my neighbors, go inside the house hang out with my husband, eat dinner, go biking, and decide what my fun activity will be for the weekend.

Thursday

Ashanti and her husband Frank on vacation in Cancun holding a nurse shark.
8:30
Pick an orange or grapefruit from one of the trees in my yard.
8:45
Arrive at my office, turn on the computer, check for any dolphins or manatees playing in the water, review my daily schedule, return phone calls and email messages.
10:30
Work on a proposal or manuscript.
1:00
Workout at the gym and grab a light lunch.
2:30
Meet with one of my graduate students to discuss weekly progress, research, coursework and whatever else the student would like to discuss.
3:30
Work on class lectures for next semester.
6:00
Shut down my computer, look outside the window for dolphins or manatees, leave the office.
6:20
Arrive at my house, pick another piece of fruit, chat with my neighbors, go inside the house hang out with my husband and eat dinner.
8:30
Work on manuscript or proposal.

Friday

Ashanti with her husband and friends preparing to go white water rafting on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.
8:30
Pick an orange or grapefruit from one of the trees in my yard.
8:45
Arrive at my office, turn on the computer, look for any dolphins or manatees playing in the water, review my daily schedule, return phone calls and email messages.
10:30
Collect additional background articles for future research activities and/or proposals, work on manuscript and/or proposals.
1:00
Workout at the gym.
2:15
Work with my students in the laboratory.
3:30
Attend the College of Marine Science seminar.
4:30
Chat with the seminar speaker, students and colleagues.
5:00
Work on education projects, diversity-related initiatives and/or international or university service-related activities.
6:30
Shut down my computer, look outside the window for dolphins or manatees, leave the office and begin my weekend activities.

Ashanti Pyrtle

  • Assistant Professor, Aquatic Science
  • University of South Florida

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