trip logs

Used for all rolling notes and logs pertaining to a trip

The Story of a Landscape

(Photo Courtesy of Dr. Alyssa Summers) Along one of our last trips up to Bois Jolie, I paused with Jean Francique, an agronomist in his late twenties who worked with us throughout the summer, to take in a sweeping view of the L’Artibonite Valley. I commented to him that I thought his country was very… more →

Mache

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Alyssa Summers “Mache Mache!” Shouted a young boy who passed me among the hubbub of the Thursday Mirebalais market.The buzzing energy of his exclamation matched the general frantic of the market, and I imagine he could sense the overwhelming sensations I was experiencing as a blan in the Haitian markets. The… more →

Our Ant Success Story

The summer of 2014 was Scott’s and my time in Haiti and we came here charged with the mission of conducting a baseline biodiversity survey. We were on the search for four target organisms: Ants, Beetles, Birds, and Butterflies. The presence of these organisms indicates a healthy ecosystem. We read papers and came equipped with… more →

Scientist?

The Fabled Li-Cor [photo: Mansell Ambrose] Exposure to new ideas and disciplines has been one of the profound joys of this internship. Not only have I had the opportunity to be immersed in a completely different culture and language, but I have been challenged in my own intellectual viewpoints. Coming into college I embodied the indecision… more →

Responsibilities

Everyone has a job, from getting the water in the morning to maintaining a healthy farm. As you get older you become responsible for larger tasks. Duties are handed down from older generations to younger ones. Children learn to help with household chores from a very young age by watching their parents or older siblings.… more →