August 1, 2011

Taimen Camp – Day 11 / Lake Hovsgol

Not far from camp the lead Furgon stops when it spots a bear in the moonlight. My Furgon is almost out of gas, so the driver pounds on doors…

July 26, 2011

Taimen Camp – Day 10

It’s now 10 days at Taimen Camp and I still haven’t seen an aircraft in the mostly clear and, lately, sultry skies.

July 14, 2011

Taimen Camp – Day 7

Whooosh, as I step outside of the camp’s outhouse the sky sounds as if it is ripping apart. I turn my head in time to see the final speeding descent by a Steppe Eagle toward a ground squirrel breakfast.

July 11, 2011

Eight days – NYC to Taimen Camp

t’s Day 3 at the Uur River and I hear a faint rumbling sound from behind a mountain. Airplane or thunder?

July 7, 2011

Searching for Mongolia’s Landlocked, Mouse-Eating Salmon

In swift Mongolian rivers lurks a fish with crocodilian tendencies.

September 1, 2010

Back from Moorea, and now the data

See Video We’re back in the Big Apple. Sadly, we left Moorea the day before the big performance by the “Tahitian Elvis” in one of the hotels. But we were happy to know that we collected a large amount of data for analysis. For the last few days of our field expedition, we were extremely […]

August 13, 2010

Shallow waters, deep data

On Moorea, we’re finding sea creatures in the strangest places.

August 11, 2010

A gecko in the fridge, killer stone fish in the sea

Queens College’s Michael Hickerson and students arrive on Moorea .

August 10, 2010

First stop: Tahiti

PAPEETE, Tahiti | It is 7 am in Papeete, and the sunrise is beautiful, the smells are relaxing and for some reason I have a random Kinks song stuck in my head. Down here in the southern hemisphere, it is wintertime and the equatorial sun sets at 6 pm (all too early), with no angular lingering. After 14 hours on two planes and a six-hour time difference, my three students and I forced ourselves to stay up until 10 in order to get in synch with the local time zone. We sauntered through the grimy streets to the waterfront food carts and had ourselves some steak, frites, and tuna kabobs. Papeete is the largest city in French Polynesia—actually, it’s the only city in French Polynesia. We are really as far as you can get from all continental reach, which puts us roughly equidistant from Australia, the Americas and Antarctica.

August 3, 2010

Biology in Paradise

Tomorrow, I depart with three biology students for the French Polynesian island of Moorea. Paul Gauguin went to the island next door–the larger and better known Tahiti–to paint. We are going to Moorea and its surrounding waters as part of an international project to examine the entire biological community at the DNA level. Specifically, at […]