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First day out

Usual setup next to some naupaka

This morning I got to go out on my own and put some solid hours into my personal research! Woohoo! I took a 40 minute walk to the westernmost edge of our study site and went looking for patches of vegetation which ended up with a lot of bushwhacking and getting lost, but I got […]

Lab Day part 2

Yesterday was another thrilling sunny day spent indoors, but this time we were in a room that actually had windows. We spent the morning downloading and pre-processing our data that we collected in the field on Friday. It ended up being a pretty simple process since we had done it once before. After that we […]

Swimming with sea turtles!

We woke up before dawn this morning to catch a boat to a very remote part of the island: Nualolo kai on the Ne Pali coast. It was unreal! I spent my morning pulling a very heavy GPR (ground-penetraring radar) unit across a field in the baking sun. We will analyze this data once we […]

Mountains to Sound (Kauai style)

Today was our first day off on Kauai! We started our day by touring about Waimea State Park and checking out the Waimea canyon – which was very accurately described to us as the Grand Canyon covered in trees. I got to experience some of my favorite things today: the sound of hundreds of bees buzzing […]


Seed pods of a widespread invasive species: hale koa

This post is for June 23rd, but a lack of internet prevented posting until now.
In the morning the newly-named “Veg Crew” wandered around our study site taking waypoints and filling out  our data dictionary attributes for different patches of vegetation – natives, invasives, mixed  patches, etc.  We got to walk along a beautiful beach and […]

I fought the porch and the porch won

7 hours of this

Today we had a lab day on the grounds of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens – a very tedious but necessary and productive 7-hour spell in a cave of a room. We’ve generated quite a bit of data over the past few days by a couple different platforms. The imagery we have obtained from the […]

The smell of sea air and sunburned skin

Manning the kite-flying mechanism

This morning we returned to the heiau to take kite and fixed wing aircraft photos. I set up points for ground-truthing the images with the tops of can white tupperware lids. These were within the image boundaries and we logged very accurate waypoints of them to georectify the final image. This also included some fun […]

Taco Tuesday

Learning to use a spectrometer

Yesterday was our first day out doing work for our individual projects. In the morning the vegetation group worked on the native plant grid and got spectroscopy readings for a plant called wiliwili, we only managed to complete readings on two plants because we were dodging squalls all morning and had to pack up all […]

Heavy Winds

View of NTBG

Yesterday we went on a tour of the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s facilities and gardens – including locations where Jurassic Park was filmed! The trees here are even more crazy than the ones I was raving about in Long Beach. I particularly like the skeletal fig trees that grow all over the place here. The […]

First Day on Kauai!

We got to Kauai today and have spent our afternoon settling in and exploring the surrounding area. It is absolutely gorgeous, I will post pictures soon. We are in a totally clutch location with a creek running nearby with banana and coconut palms around. The landscape is very similar to the island of Pemba off […]

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