A few things to mention: 1) I was accepted into Montana State University's graduate program in history; 2) we can most likely remain in our family housing apartment (I hate moving all the books!); and 3) for the first year of my graduate studies, I will be involved with my advisor on a funded project to transcribe the letters of the 19th-century Irish physicist John Tyndall, focusing, I believe, on letters dealing with his mountaineering endeavo[u]rs. Whether or not I will use the information gathered through reading so many letters to develop my thesis or write something entirely different, I am not sure. But Tyndall did touch on some biological topics later in his career. The project is spearheaded by historian of science Bernard Lightman (author of Victorian Science in Context  and Victorian Popularizers of Science , and editor of the journal Isis). From his "works in progress" on his homepage:
A biography of John Tyndall using the extensive unpublished correspondence from the Royal Institution and elsewhere, funded by a three-year SSHRC grant. Currently I am working with a team of graduate students to transcribe the letters.