California

The view from the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River near Twin Bridges It seems that every week on the job, I experience a new "favorite place I've ever been." The nature of our team's work studying toxigenic cyanobacteria takes us to various bodies of water...

The first photo I ever took at fort Cronkhite, way back on May 15th, overlooking Rodeo Beach First let me get this out of the way; yes, this is blog post is 3 weeks late and no it is not an indication of my work...

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” - Thornton WilderDuring a hike this week, I paused at the top of a hill, soaking in sweeping views of the foggy coastal prairie ecosystem and the...

While Death Valley is known for its lowest point and highest temperatures in the valley itself, the park is actually much more than just the dry desert. It expands to over three million acres, and covers a number of mountain ranges where most of my...

In mid-June, I had the opportunity to join a four-day camping trip to Pinnacles National Park, where I spent time with the botany, raptor, and riparian monitoring teams to learn about their research and collect media materials. Below are some highlights and observations from each...

  Wahguyhe Peak (right-most, bald peak) at ~8,200 feet Fun Fact: oxygen thins the higher in elevation you go! While this is a commonly known phenomenon, I am reminded of it every time I hike somewhere new. For example, my recent scaling of Death Valley’s 9,000+ foot...

My two main projects include: mapping the Great Basin western bristlecone pine trees along the mountain ranges and digitizing Death Valley’s herbarium. Western bristlecone pines suffer bark beetle attacks, which have rendered these long-lived trees vulnerable to weather conditions. By creating a reliable map of...

Owls, starfish, & plovers… oh my! Before this internship began, I never imagined that I would have so many new, incredible, and diverse experiences packed in my first month. Over the past weeks, I’ve been visiting with various San Francisco Bay Area Inventory & Monitoring Network...