Phipps Science Engagement Week 2016

I’m back at Phipps for a much anticipated Science Engagement Week. As part of the Botany in Action Fellowship I am lucky enough to participate in this outreach event and workshop series. We started this morning with the “Interview a Scientist” event with K12 students. Every BIA fellow is interviewed by 3 groups of students…

Society for Economic Botany – 2016 Conference

This past week I attended the annual conference for the Society for Economic Botany (SEB), where I am a student member. I presented some of my dissertation work and won the Edmund H. Fulling Award for best student talk! The meeting was held at the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Kentucky. This location was absolutely beautiful!…

A little bit at a time

It’s practically April and a large part of this semester has been entering data, followed by analyzing and writing up my findings (mostly entering data). This part of science is a slow and iterative process, and sometimes it feels like someone has given me the torn up bits to a book that I’m trying to…

Presenting Findings

Part of being a scientist and researcher is sharing the results of my research. Scientists do this by publishing research articles in peer reviewed journals and also by presenting at conferences. I’ve submitted an abstract to present a piece of my research at a large conference occurring later this year in Madison, WI. This conference…

How to get to an aguaje harvester community

Hello everyone! I’ve just returned this week from spending most of the past couple of months in the field. Over the next few blog posts I’ll be sharing some of the interesting things I’ve learned. I thought I’d start with a description of how I get from the USA to an aguaje harvester community in the…

Harvester Communities and River Boat Adventures

Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers! I’m about halfway through visiting my selected harvester communities and should complete the bulk of my interviews by the end of December. I’m spending a lot of time on a boat and learning a lot as well. I’m learning a lot about the process of harvesting…