This year I was supposed to be taking a summer off from fieldwork to get a bunch of lab work and writing done.... But like any good field biologist, I just couldn't handle missing an entire breeding season and instead decided to do a small field run in Olympic National Park. With help with my advisor and BRI, I somehow managed to both convince and fund Dr. Rebecka "I think we just became best friends" Brasso to come help me. Rebecka is starting her first faculty job at SE Missouri State this fall and had some free time this summer. And like any good field biologist, she thought "free time" was best filled with 4am wakeup calls, heavy packs, long hikes and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We had two weeks of rain-free glorious weather and got to see a lot of cool birds. I am so grateful for her help and excited to see what our results show! More on that later - but enjoy the photo gallery below with the important and memorable parts of our trip.
On an afternoon off, I made Rebecka go with me to see the Elwha Dam... or lack thereof. They recently removed the dam here to allow salmon passage and it was really cool to see the man-made reservoir reverting back to its original river. Even Dr. Brasso agreed (although on the drive might have thought I was crazy)
This blog chronicles the sometimes wandering course of my PhD and then my life as an Environmental Studies professor at Purchase College.. Some blog entries will be guest-written by summer interns working with me.