On Embracing the Unexpected

If anyone told me last August, that I’d be making my home in Lincoln, Nebraska for the next five plus years, I wouldn’t believe it. I knew I would settle somewhere to start my PhD, but in my mind it was mountains or bust – the flat Midwest certainly never crossed my mind. And yet,…

The Road to Skagway

After a particularly frustrating day in the field that involved some very uncooperative sparrows and a stowaway ground squirrel in our engine (he was fine, just relocated to the bottom of the mountain), we decided to get away from Whitehorse for a day or two and sample some golden crowned sparrow populations abroad. The next morning…

The Great (well, weeklong) Southwest Road Trip

Wanting to travel somewhere unquestionably different from anywhere we had been, a friend and I decided to spend our spring break exploring the Great American Southwest. In 7 days and 1,598 miles we traveled to 4 states, 3 national parks, and 4 national monuments. It wasn’t nearly enough time. In our trusty Escape Campervan we…

Swimming with the Flightless

Clattering in a rickety pickup truck through the dark, sandy streets of Puerto Villamil I struggled to keep my eyes open. It was four in the morning in the Galapagos Islands, and I had woken up just minutes before. As my eyelids sunk lower and lower, the truck motored its way towards the port, occasionally…

Exploring Seymour Norte

A desolate, flat island baking under the equatorial sun, Seymore Norte is home to large nesting populations of blue-footed boobies and great frigatebirds and not much else. Covered in a tangle of brush and dotted with the occasional opuntia cactus, the island itself is not much to look at. Enter the island’s feathered inhabitants however, and…

An Isabelaño Day

Sitting here on a hammock outside of my classroom it’s amazing how normal this feels – the flutter of wings as a yellow warbler builds its nest beside me, the faint sound of ocean waves from across the street and the occasional babble of Spanish. I could’ve been living here on Isabela for months rather…

The Beginning – Santa Cruz Adventures

Grey sand and looming cacti weren’t the welcome I pictured upon my arrival into the Galapagos, but I was far from disappointed. If anything, that welcome made it apparent that the Galapagos were more than the stereotypical islands with white sand beaches and palm trees – they were unique. I arrived at the islands via…

Tubing Ichetucknee Springs

At Ichetucknee Springs State Park, the shrieks of young families launching themselves into the water on bright, neon tubes contrasts heavily with the serene, primeval beauty of the river and its surroundings. The state park, located in Fort White, Florida, is centered upon the Ichetucknee River which flows from seven springs emitting more than 233 million…