Hello! My name is Mr. Greenslate. Please join me as I travel to Nova Scotia to study mammal populations!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Teaching from Nova Scotia w/ Earthwatch: Conclusion


After spending two weeks at the Cook's Lake research site in Nova Scotia looking at how climate change is impacting small mammal populations I have a profound new understanding of this issue, but also several new insights about how field research is conducted and the questions that scientists wrestle with as they work to understand the natural world.

The last two days we collected all of our traps, went over the results from our data, and looked for field signs at Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, and ended with a barbeque in the rain. After things cleared up we went bat detecting, but unfortunately the conditions weren't ideal for hearing the bats in the area.

Saturday I made my way back home to San Diego, and 14 hours later I landed here in California, exhausted, informed, and inspired. Beyond the training that we received as volunteer researchers, one of the most valuable aspects of this expedition was the wonderful people that I had the opportunity to meet and work with. It's easy to just focus on the work at hand, but connecting with the people around you is always what makes any type of work rewarding.

I want to thank Earthwatch for giving me this opportunity to teach "Live from the Field", Charlene Parsons for doing double duty back home with our team, Nikki Hinostro for having the vision to allow me to go on this adventure, and most of all I would like to thank all of the students on our team who followed along, posted comments, and asked questions during the video conference; you're the best.

See you in class!

Last question: If you could go anywhere and do scientific research in the field, where would you want to go, and what would you want to study?

- Mr. Greenslate

26 comments:

  1. If I could do scientific research anywhere, I would study at Joshua Tree. I visited there and I had the greatest time. I saw plenty of animals that seem worthwhile studying. -Chase B.

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  2. I think it would be really cool to study about how our brains differ from animals, and how they work.
    -Reagan

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  3. I would love to go to Death Valley and study the salt flats and the different kinds of rock layers in the mountains.

    ~Nathaniel

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  4. I would want to go to some polluted beaches or oceans somewhere and maybe do some research about how pollution affects the waters.

    `~GREGORY JøRDAN

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  5. If I had the opportunity to research in any place I dreamed of, I would most likely choose the Amazon Rainforest because it is an area filled with exotic and breath taking animals and insects. I would like to research how our usage of wood supply from this Rainforest is effecting the wildlife living there.
    -Makai:)

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  6. I will go to my country that is colombia and study those amazing forest that my country has.. I will also study all the animals that live there how we are destroying there environment and how we could fine a way to help them.. :)
    Joseph Perez

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  7. I would want to go to Antarctica and study penguins because they used to be my favorite animal when I was little because they liked to slide on their belly's. :)
    -lisa

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  8. If I could go anywhere and do research, it would be way up in the Sierra Mountains. I don't quite know what I would study, maybe bears or plants or something. I just know it's one of my favorite places to camp, and I'm sure that beyond being incredibly beautiful, there's some fascinating things to study there.

    - Nicole

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  9. I would love to go to the Japenise mountains and study the Japanese Snow Monkeys, the ones that chill in the hot tub. -Elliott

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  10. I would probably do something that falls under marine biology. I would go to a polluted ocean and conduct research on the effects it has on the ocean life.
    - Alyssa

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  11. I would like to go to Africa and research the water pollution and see what type of chemicals and trash are in the water and what types of bacteria and germs are in the water as well.

    -Jesseah Nolfi

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  12. I would want to go to any where in a desert and study all of the snakes and lizards - James Houston

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  13. If I could go anywhere it would definitely be Japan. I have been before and hope to return again. If I had to partake in some sort of scientific research, then I don't have a particular choice. I would probably accept anything as long as it was in Japan.

    >> Heather O'Connell

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  14. I would want to study a Amazon forest and observe the different animals there and how weather affect there life.
    - Arnold Flores

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  15. I would want to go to Alaska to study polar bears. I want to do this because they might not be around much longer. - Connor Enciso

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  16. i would love to reasearch how oil could be made faster and how to clean the air in our atomoshere

    -Joshua

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  17. If I could go to study anywhere in the field, I think it'd be fun to go to Sri Lanka. It's supposed to be a really beautiful country; the rainforest would be amazing because of all of the varied species, and I'd like to study the elephants. They're cute but big and gentle, and I like that they have such complex emotional relationships with the members of their herd.

    -Alex Clay

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  18. I wanna go to antartica to do some reasearch about how the mammals there can live in a a really cold place- adrian

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  19. If I could go anywhere, I'd study the environments in the Philippines, which varies from coastal sea life to mountainous wildlife. Also, the Tarsier monkey, the smallest monkey in the world, is native to the Philippines and I'd like to study them

    -Francis

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  20. I would want to go to Antarctica and study the different endangered animals.
    -Fiona

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  21. I would want to go to Russia to see how animals live and how it connects with the way the people live there and deal with the weather

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  22. I would love to go to the Philippines and study the “Conus Gloriamaris”, which is the rarest and most expensive seashell in the world, and is one of the 12,000 species of seashells found in the Philippines.

    ~Ashh

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  23. I would go to Costa Rica, I would like to study the climate because of its tropical weather.
    -Corey

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  24. If I could do any sort of scientific research I would do something with medicine and learn more about cancer and how we can possibly find a cure. I have no idea where id have to go to do that but it doesnt matter i just really want to do that. As you may know my passion is medicine.

    ~Janet A.

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  25. I would go anywhere and study the brain of animals cause I think it's cool to see how they work.
    -Jenna

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  26. If I could go anywhere to study I would probably go somewhere like India or any Middle Eastern country to study the various musical ideas and their neurological connections to see if listening to different kinds of music affects the brain in any significant way.
    -Jesse A.

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