young@youngmeerim

Natural history conservator, Copenhagen πŸŒΏπŸ΄πŸ‹

http://youngmeerim.com/


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So honoured to have this woman in my life. There are no words to describe her beauty, inside and out πŸ’•βœ¨


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KBr (potassium bromide) pellets for infrared spectroscopy. They are all samples of birch bark (except one, which I'm not sure what is yet), the pellet on top is recent decayed bark from forest grounds, the rest are all archaeological samples around 5200 years old. The samples are ground up in a KBr powder and pressed into these little moon-like pellets. When analysed, infrared light interacts with molecules and reveals chemical bonds in the sample #konservatorliv


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It's Eurovision night so obviously the perfect night for... Korean food πŸ€”πŸ‘πŸΌ


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The old dissection auditorium at Institut fΓΌr Anatomie in Bern. Reminded me of @medicalmuseion πŸ”ͺ Mentally trying to prepare for another visit to the University of the Arts and being away from my son again πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­


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It was a drive-by, striped t-shirt flapping in the bike wind cooling down my skin


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For the table celebrating my favourite @karinahunnerup


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What more do you need?


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My babies πŸ’•


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Easter safe space


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My last post today (can't remember the last time I posted three times in one day 😱 is it 2012 or something!?). I wanted to post something botanical, seeing as that has been my main interest the past 3-4 years. It's an interest that took me to Washington DC a few summers ago and it's what I'm focusing on in my master's thesis on the degradation of birch bark, but I realised I don't have that many really nice photos of botanical specimens (I'll have to change that!). I didn't think I was going to be doing research, that I would fall in love with microscopic images of cells or that I would be writing grant proposals every other week. I guess it's all still open, though, and maybe I'll be crouching over museum specimens again before I know it! Okay, so I'm still handling specimens every week at my job, but you know what I mean... right!? When I first shared this photo I told the story of the bat I found in kindergarten and how soft it was. It surprised and amazed me. These nostalgic feelings, or really any kinds of feelings, are what natural history collections can evoke. That childhood feeling of wonder and fascination about the world. I wonder why that feeling subsides in so many of us? Thanks for listening and commenting ✌🏼 #konserveringensdag #askaconservator #dayofconservation


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Note: This vole died of natural causes. I was probably naive, but I never thought sharing this photo would be a problem at all. But I got some "murderer!" and very outraged comments, implying I was not a very good person. I won't say dissection came naturally to me, but it didn't gross me out and I found beauty in the things I saw (blood and guts and all). Anatomical studies is important for many things (pathology, forensics and so on) and to clarify: as a conservator my day to day work does not consist of meticulously dissecting animals. But to understand a subject or material, you need a basic understanding of it and knowledge of anatomy is important when you work with animal specimens (or even human remains) - be it skeletons, skins or taxidermy. I got my bachelor's degree in Natural History Conservation in 2016 and have done next to no professional work on dead animals, apart from cleaning that polar bear skin at my student job at @rosenborg_amalienborg that had been attacked by pests 😝 This photo ended up on a postcard for the application campaign for my school (@konservatorskolen) so if anything, I made that vole faaamous (sorry, I had to). Jokes aside, I thought there was a kind of serenity in this slightly gory death scenario and I wanted to portray and share that ☺️#dayofconservation #askaconservator #konserveringensdag


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