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Friends and dogs at Scarborough Beach, Maine. Corn and soybean fields in Grinnell, Iowa. I’m Vishva Nalamalapu, a rising fourth year Biology major and Environmental Studies minor at Grinnell College. I was born and raised in the lovely suburbs of Portland, Maine, but my mother recently moved...

Hello! Welcome to the Xavier Rivera edition of the Capulin Volcano National Monument blog.  It will be hosted by yours truly, Xavier Rivera.  As I write this post, I have arrived at my yurt in Capulin after three-ish long days on the road.  I am...

Besides working on G.I.S. and data points for trees I have been given the chance to work on other things also. One my most faorote side projects was working on the Mount Vernon Trail along that sits along the GWMP parkway. Along the trail my...

As my final project deadline approaches I have began to create my first Story Map using ArcMap online. This is an new tool and website for me but it is very critical to present my research. To produce a story map I must transfer data...

This week, Karl and I turned an errand to pick up fish food from the Don Clauson Hatchery (for an experiment later this summer!) into a field trip to learn about the Russian River’s Coho Broodstock Recovery Program. We met at the Hatchery Visitor Center...

Over the last couple of weeks I've been learning a whole new set of skills. I have been able to go with my supervisor out in the field to check humidity loggers in old mines made back in the 1800s as well as going out...

In last week's blog I talked about a couple different survey techniques that the Fisheries Crew and I had been using while out in the field. I mentioned that we were (at the time) working on a project referred to as "Giacomini Sampling". This sampling...

While working on the George Washington Memorial Parkway and conducting witness tree surveys I have had to go from place to place as far as West Virginia to as close as Union square in Washington D.C. Traveling to these places has taught me more than...