Category Archives: Fieldwork

So I won’t need to rob a bank…

Good news! I got my first research grant as an assistant professor.  It feels good, like I might have some ideas that could go places. The award comes through the BSOS Dean’s Initiative which provides funding for pilot and start … Continue reading

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Storytelling science

This morning I met with a grad student, not one of my advisees, at a coffee shop to talk anthropology.  A. is a bright and cheerful person who shares my interest in stories.  Actually, all anthropologists like stories.  If you … Continue reading

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Serendipitous reminders

Serendip is an old name for the island of Sri Lanka, and the word serendipity comes from a story about 3 princes from that island who “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in … Continue reading

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Larium dreams

Larium is my choice prophylactic when I travel to Africa or other malarial places.  I take it once a week, usually on “Malaria Mondays.”  Besides the once a week dose, it is one of the cheaper drugs available for travelers … Continue reading

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The Water Cycle

I know the water cycle pretty well, but it is always fun to learn something familiar in a new language.  Teaching science can be lots of fun – especially when it is difficult to tell who is learning and who … Continue reading

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Out of Gas

While posting about Firefly episodes wouldn’t be out of my purview, this time I’m really in a situation where petrol is scarce.  Tanzania is experiencing petrol/gasoline shortages. Apparently the Tanzanian government has been trying to regulate the price on petrol, … Continue reading

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Well I stand up next to a mountain…

This was the view from where I stayed this past week in the field – Kilimanjaro Agricultural Technical Centre.  Chekereni, Tanzania is a farming community in Kilimanjaro District, Tanzania right on the Kenyan border.  They grow primarily rice and maize, … Continue reading

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Habari kwa Tanzania!

Another beautiful, sunny day in Dar es Salaam.  Another day working.  Fieldwork for anthropologists can be kind of hard to define.  Everything you do blends together – from a random conversation when you stop to buy water to helping someone … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Apprehension

I just got an email from a master’s student in public health who I am advising.  K and I have been internet friends for almost 5 years now, and she is traveling with me this summer.  We’re about the same … Continue reading

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Preparing for safari

On Tuesday I leave for 5 1/2 weeks in the field. My first half week will be in Winchester, UK at a research workshop on ecological complexity and climate change – Ecosystem Services, Complexity, and People.  I am attending on … Continue reading

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