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Anchor Steam

It’s been one full day without seeing or talking to any of the weirdos I met on the program, and boy is it strange. I can’t rely on Avery to wake me up in the morning to go to breakfast, or shout out of the window to Bryan and Jesse in the room above us […]

Fly away home

Today was a bittersweet final day in southern California. I had to say goodbye to two of my new friends at 4:30 in the morning, and more farewells were required throughout the day. Avery and I both had late flights out of LAX, but thanks to Bryan’s kindness he took us to the Science Center […]

I joined the US for the Snoop Cats!

This morning we had our final presentations/poster symposium outdoors and I gave one of the worst presentations in my life (and got a gnarly farmer’s tan) but it’s okay because we are done!
The afternoon was completed by catered tacos (yum!) and some sad goodbyes to our departing cronies.
 
In other news, an ad for the ESRI […]

Winding down

These past two days have been a whirlwind of classifications, lab time, brain mush, and color schemes. We finished our posters this afternoon and it sure does feel good to be done! Check out our group wikis for a breakdown of our individual projects and see what we’ve been up to for the past four weeks!
My poster […]

A country for its people

Happy birthday America.
In other much more important news; South Korea wants to begin “scientific” whaling again, Libya’s election materials were burned, there is a cholera outbreak in Cuba and there are still nine states that produce zero commercial solar and wind power – all in the southeast.
I hope you all enjoyed your beers and dogs yesterday.
 
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Lab Day(s)

Yesterday was a lab day. I worked on a classification for my study area. After I had worked on it for about 3 hours I realized that the raster I was using did not include all of the coastal vegetation right along the cliff edge or water line. So today I went back and fixed […]

From beach to Beach

We woke up early Saturday morning to check out the sunrise off of Shipwreck Point and then went for a swim in the morning sun. After breakfast out at a restaurant in a nearby town we headed home to prepare for a day at the beach. We went back to Poipu beach for the day […]

Final day at GZ

This morning we set out to our study area for our final day of data collection – and a good day it was!
Our afternoon was spent in the lab and we were all pretty groggy, but mostly successful. I worked on classifying a larger portion of my study area and it’s going well.
 
Our fearless graduate […]

I get by with a little help from my friends

Today was filled with learning experiences left and right. We spent the day in the lab again and I ended up getting a lot accomplished with constant help from my peers and advisors. I ended up working out a rough classification system for an inset of my total study area using a program called eCognition. I […]

No Trespassing

My morning looked similar to yesterday’s, but today I worked on the easternmost half of our study site. Today went a lot smoother since I had a better idea of what I was doing plus there was less plant diversity on this part and a little more trespassing required to get to the far end […]

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