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It All Comes Together

Today was the day we all were to present our findings at Kualoa Ranch for everyone, the archaeology field school, and assorted interested people. I woke up at 8 and started cleaning up my products. I realized I was going to have to shorten my presentation because we had to fit our talk into a […]

The Final Countdown

Today was the last day we had to work on our projects before the presentations tomorrow. I worked for 18 straight hours (and had dinner duty- we cooked up some delicious burgers made from Kualoa cows) and fell asleep at 3am with nothing finished.

Hit Head Against Wall. Pull Head Back. Repeat.

Today was the first of two days dedicated to pulling our projects together. The more I thought about the toolset I had spent so much time working on, the more I came to realize it was relatively useless in providing helpful information for calculating water balance. The numerous scale issues, a complete lack of vegetative […]

The Last Day of Fieldwork (!)

Today I rolled over after a night of extremely strange dreams to see two professor’s cars and one of the group minivans in the lot outside the barn. Thinking I had timed my morning perfectly I checked my phone to receive a rude awakening- it was 10 am! Somehow I had slept through an alarm […]

A Day of Small Frustrations

Today I spent another day at the barn because I felt like I could accomplish more here than out in the field. I started out the day trying to identify all the ways in which my model was faulty so that I could then go through the process of trying to fix it. The first […]

Seein the Sights

Today we woke up at 5 to drive out to Hanauma Bay. It is a reef that is supposed to have some of the best snorkeling on the island, but it gets pretty crowded so our strategy was to try and beat the crowds. It worked pretty well, as there were only 20 or 30 […]

Second Birthday Saturday of the REU

Today I spent another day at the barn processing data. I finally found some downloadable temperature data, although it wasn’t even collected in the Valley. Kualoa Ranch headquarters had kept a record of daily temperature, and so I downloaded the daily record for all of 2011. From there, I reduced the tables into monthly averages, […]

Da Data Day (Day to day)

Today I decided not to go out in the field and instead work on data analysis. Even though I had found a toolbox that would calculate water budget, I had to find all the pertinent datasets and transform them into the correct form for the toolbox. Over the course of the day, I was able […]

Oh My God Its Thursday Already

Today the goal was to try to figure out what was wrong with the elevation data from yesterday and try to see if more accurate elevation data could be determined. We drove to Dr. Becker’s rented house right outside the ranch and had a discussion with him about what had gone wrong with the data […]

When I grow up I want to science like you

Today was the first real day of field work where we were pursuing our individual projects. I teamed up with Julianna because our projects require some similar data collection. Our task for the day was to try to collect data to correct the existing DEM by walking up the stream corridor and taking points to […]

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