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Our natural resources team uses pesticides to moderate the spread and propagation of invasive plants. It’s part of our integrated pest management initiative, used to maximize invasive species removal and minimize associated costs. In this regard, “costs” include not only expenditure and labor, but more...

Good news: the first week of fieldwork was a success!!! This past week marked the beginning of the summer field work season for the fisheries crew and myself! It was a busy week filled with many exciting learning experiences as we began a new sampling project...

Jewel Cave keeps me both mentally and physically busy during the work week. In addition to photo monitoring and structure mapping, there are always side projects that need to be done. One such project was installing a 2500‘ PVC drainage pipeline to empty out water...

When you are following an SOP (standard operating procedure), you never know where you are going to go until you read it all the way through and they line it out for you extensively. With the North American bat monitoring program, our park has 5...

This week has been full of adventure from climbing down mountains to throwing plaster on adobe walls. The week started with a very fun trip to Chiracahua National Monument were camped out and went over to Fort Bowie National Historic Site where we were taught on...

Last Thursday I completed my last day of cross-training. I trained with the fish electro-shocking crew. The fish crew goes out at 6:30 every morning and visits the different streams within the park to sample for fish populations. When I went out with them we...

I imagine the patience a photographer must have when lying in wait for a lion to lunge upon an antelope, or a kingfisher to perform a timed dive and snatch a fish from below. Predators need to minimize energy expenditure when foraging, and so, must...

At long last I've completed my first week at the South Florida Caribbean Inventory Network and what a change from my home state of Washington. I spent most of my week going through procedures to get started from security training to going through and reading...

As a University of Florida online student, participating in the summer 2016 UF-sponsored study abroad program in Mérida, Mexico was one of the best decisions I made. It afforded me the opportunity to get back into the classroom setting I was missing and a chance to...