Photoblog: Aussie Transitional Shenanigans
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Photoblog: Aussie Transitional Shenanigans

I made a list last month. I make many lists. My lists often long for the future, for the check-boxes that signal completion. But last month, I made a post-facto list with the ungraceful title “Things I have become more comfortable with this year.” Alongside bugs, squat toilets and eating raw meat, and perhaps related to all three, was Uncertainty — the capital-U kind. And when I arrived in Australia last month, I was full of Uncertainty. I flew into Darwin without a confirmed field site but with dozens of helpful contacts and promising leads. I arrived in Darwin certain that Australia would be the last country on this amazing year-long journey but Uncertain of what lies beyond it. I still don’t know. Continue reading

Plotting participation: training indigenous communities to map the Amazon
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Plotting participation: training indigenous communities to map the Amazon

Deep in the heart of the Amazon, a compelling concept is taking root alongside towering ancient trees: that indigenous peoples — given the training and technology — can play a central role in mapping and preserving the rainforest. A five-day conference in Puyo, Ecuador this week, “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin” … Continue reading

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Fieldwork Mishap #1

Note to self: when you book an exorbitantly expensive tiny airplane ticket to reach an isolated native Alaskan village to investigate climate change and village relocation, first ensure that everyone you want to talk to is not, in fact, out subsistence fishing during those dates. Always e-mail the chief first, even if someone else gives … Continue reading

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Greetings From Alaska

Hello from the chilly city of Anchorage, Alaska. For those of you unaware, I’m up here coordinating a student group with the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy researching oil drilling, climate change, and sustainability in the Arctic. We’ve been here a few days and already had a round of fascinating interviews, from the … Continue reading