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Gabon I: Here we go!

The Monday after graduating from the Nicholas School, I found myself sitting in the Raleigh-Durham airport, waiting to begin one […]

Second Spring Semester in the CEM Program

Although each CEM’s spring varied hugely – some traveled, some took four blocks of classes, some threw themselves into independent studies, and others zeroed in on their Masters Projects – I thought it might be helpful to write a bit about my own experience and what I heard from other students.

Community-based Environmental Management in Oaxaca, Mexico

After two days of exploring Oaxaca de Juárez, the field portion of the Community-Based Environmental Management course with Dr. Elizabeth […]

My First Two Days in Oaxaca: A Story of Chocolate and Adventure

My First Two Days in Oaxaca: A Story of Chocolate and Adventure

I spent this past week in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying community-based environmental management with Liz Shapiro. Over the course of one week, we explored the capital city and municipality of Oaxaca de Juárez, traveled up into the mountains to San Juan Lachao, then drove down to La Ventanilla on the Pacific coast. Before those adventures all began, I arrived two days before the class started to explore Oaxaca and get a feel for the city. This blog is about those first two days.

Field Work and a Feral Horse

The first time exploring a new field site and trying out a new methodology is both slow and interesting.

A “Cold” Day in the Salt Marsh

Before beginning my field observations, I have to choose a few study sites. Since each block only lasts about four weeks, and we’re already in week two, I couldn’t wait for the weather to warm up a bit and headed out today to check out one option: Hoop Pole Creek near Atlantic Beach.

A Review of The Perfect Protein: Save the Oceans, Feed the World

What if we just went right to the smaller fish? The Perfect Protein argues that we should consume the small guys: the anchovies and the sardines. They reproduce quickly and could both provide jobs and reduce pollution. Sharpless makes a strong case for trying a sizzling sardine sandwich.

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