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“I want to go to America”

“Chong Chong” Um, excuse me? M gives me a wide-eyed amused look.  “Are you from China?” “No, I’m American.” “She’s American.” “You do not look American. Where are you descended from?” “My parents are Chinese…” Sigh…Not this again! Getting up … Continue reading

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Back to Africa–Nigeria! How I hate goodbyes…

“I don’t know where my passport is!” Frantically panicking, one hour until my flight, I’ve misplaced my passport. Two of my friends are trying to calm me down. “You didn’t leave it at the lab. Just think for a sec.” … Continue reading

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Busy as a bee…

One year ago, I was enjoying my last month at Lajuma before going to the Democratic Republic of Congo. This year, I’m also preparing for a new journey. In a month, I’ll begin collecting data for my dissertation. Location? Gashaka-Gumti National Park … Continue reading

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In the trees with monkeys…

Straddling a wide branch and passing up trays to a student for his bushbaby project, we could hear and see trees bending and swaying under the weight of what we presumed to be Samangos. We were right! Out popped “Nelson” … Continue reading

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Playing in the mountains and a moonlit walk up Lajuma

As Hai, one of my climbing partners, would say, “You gotta trust your feet!”–something I’m definitely learning to do while bushwhacking through the bush. My work for the PhD student, Ben, has been centered around vegetation transects so John (the 20 … Continue reading

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Red Soil, Mountains and Thorns

After a tiresome 46 hour journey spanning 3 continents, 3 planes, some busses and car rides, I arrived at Lajuma Research Centre. Everything here is so novel: The soil is red, monkeys don’t seem to mind you as they saunter … Continue reading

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