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June 27, 2017

We Probably Should Have Waterproofed That: Swimming in Bubbles

One of the more unique environments in Dominica are the marine fumeroles (underwater gas seeps) that occur mere steps from the beach. There are a few locations on the island that display this phenomenon; one of which is the appropriately-named Champagne Beach.


June 26, 2017

We Probably Should Have Waterproofed That: Welcome to Dominica!

Welcome to Dominica, the Nature Island! Located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea, Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a tropical island with nine active volcanic centers and is a great place to study geology.


June 1, 2017

High school students in the field, monitoring streams

The Nichols College Pipeline program has completed the 18th consecutive year of field work on streamflow and water quality in the same streams at the same time of year with high school students. Our most useful measurements have proved to be the combination of the aesthetic underwater view of clarity and substrate covering.


December 6, 2016

Local high school students get “into” water chemistry!

Encouraging students to be involved in hands-on collection of scientific data and to be confident in teaching others about their findings is one of the greatest aspects of citizen science.


November 15, 2016

Porcupines of the Rio Grande

Thus far, about 90 quill samples have been collected. Quills are modified hairs that are easily detached when the porcupine smacks its body into something. Contrary to popular belief, a porcupine cannot “shoot” its quills as a defensive strategy.


November 14, 2016

Hunting The Natural Treeline in Central Nepal, Part 3

Landslide season conspires with apple season and the Hindu festival of Dashain to push three field researchers to the limit.


November 11, 2016

Hunting The Natural Treeline in Central Nepal, Part 2

Three hundred sheep, four frightful dogs and one week of treeline work in an incredible landscape.


November 10, 2016

Hunting The Natural Treeline in Central Nepal, Part 1

Achyut Tiwari relates how he and his colleagues endured everything from a drunken porter to huge dogs, dizzying mountain trails and even a landslide to conduct their field work in Nepal. His research is on climate responses in treeline dynamics and growth climate in central Himalaya and Hengduan mountain, China. Tiwari is originally from Nepal and is affiliated with Xishungbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences.