On Thursday, we wrapped up our final day of diving in Majuro. Our first day was a bit of a rude awakening compared to the relatively clean reefs of Arno, but we were pleased to discover some beautiful sites on our last three days of diving. My first impressions are pretty much what we hypothesized, … Continue reading Wrapping up our research
We couldn't dive on Friday and Saturday (July 1 and 2nd) because of a national holiday in the Marshall Islands, National Fishermen's Day! We also ended up not diving today (Sunday), because one of our core team members wasn’t feeling well, so we took an extra rest day. I think it’s turned out to be … Continue reading Settling in to life in Majuro
On Saturday (Friday in North America), we arrived in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. We went to work pretty much immediately after our plane touched down. Our research team is Simon Donner, my advisor at UBC, Diane Thompson and Emma Reed from Boston University (read Diane's blog here), and me (with a HUGE … Continue reading Adventures in Arno Atoll
You might imagine a group of scientists coming together to discuss the current state of the world's coral reefs would be a depressing affair, considering the myriad of challenges reefs are facing. You would be right, but only partially. There was a lot of gloom and doom at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium – coral bleaching, … Continue reading Dispatch from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium
In just under two weeks, I'll board an airplane and say goodbye to continental North America for two and a half months, the longest I’ve ever spent abroad (well, if you don't count living in Canada). My advisor and I will be spending a week in Honolulu for a conference, where we're presenting a poster, … Continue reading It’s go time!
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Science, about the work I've been a part of in Micronesia. An excerpt of the interview is below (check out the full text here). More than 600 islands dot the Western Pacific Ocean and form the Federated States of Micronesia. … Continue reading Interview: Can community-based science save a way of life in Micronesia?
I wrote this blog post for Maribo, a blog about climate and global change maintained by Simon Donner, my supervisor at UBC. In June 2015, I visited the Ulithi Atoll in the outer islands of Yap, Micronesia for the third time while working with One People One Reef. Just a few months before, on March 31, 2015, … Continue reading Yangdidi Highlights Experiences of Super Typhoon Maysak Survivors