August 2009

August 24, 2009

There and Back Again

Once again, I turn the blog over to CUNY grad student Julia Zichello –WHS | We were kneeling on the ground at Kiahera, brushing and picking through the loose earth as the heat quietly drowned our thoughts. I decided that I just needed to sit down for a second. So I sat and swept my […]

August 15, 2009

Reflections on an ice-cold summer

We are back from the cold desert of ice where lakes and streams of meltwater create suggestive oases. The experiment was successful and we collected all the data we wanted to, and more. It was harder than I thought to deploy the boat and prepare it every time for each experiment. However, we made it […]

August 12, 2009

Sled dogs, taxicabs and a midnight sun

ILULISSAT, Greenland | First things first: The boat is with us. Hallelujah! And the nice person with the airline charged us for only half the excessive weight. The flight to Ilulissat was three and a half hours, with gray skies all the way–so no chance to see the ice sheet below. The fog and clouds […]

August 3, 2009

Big Haul: A thousand treasures

NAIROBI, Kenya | We’ve made our way back to the capital from Lake Victoria. Most of us struck camp on the 31st of July, but one team stayed back an extra day. There was that much to do. Co-director Holly Dunsworth and I even managed to score a flight back to Nairobi with a local […]

August 1, 2009

Onward to the Middle Eastern Corals

EILAT, Israel | After a flight to Tel Aviv and then a hop aboard an Arkia flight to Eilat, I arrived at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences. It was founded in 1968 and has produced over 1,600 scientific papers. A unique aspect of the location (on the border of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt) […]