My Guest Blog Post at TENTREE: “ An old fashioned postcard, a farm, and a new friendship. I graduated from Cornell University in Plant Science in 2014 and continued onto my Masters to study agroforestry and restoration at University of Oxford whilst running my Ithaca- based non-profit, plastic tides with fellow Cornell classmates. I’m now living on the Big Island of Hawaii for 6 months to undertake … Continue reading “The Cornell mycelium effect: connecting via trees”
Last December while on the Big Island of Hawai’i I got the opportunity to do something rather special. Here is the story: At 8 am sharp my friend Ann called me from Puna, a district about 40 minutes away from the centre of town – one of the hippiest towns in the world. “I have a 200 pound boar in the cage, do you and … Continue reading Cheap, lean, sustainable meat from Hawaii to Europe
As co-founder of Plastic Tides, last January while in Hawai’i doing my Masters thesis fieldwork I took the opportunity to adventure off on an expedition in search of plastic pollution in one of the most remote waterways of the planet. My Plastic Tides partner Christian and I hiked into Waimanu Valley with an inflatable Stand Up Paddle board to sample the stream for microplastics. Our scientific partners at … Continue reading Microplastic Found in one of Hawai’i ‘s most remote streams.
A few weeks ago I went to visit Captain Pat. Captain Pat lives in Kona on the other side of the island and kindly allowed me to stay the night in his cabin by the beach so I could make it to the Surfrider Foundation catamaran party on a Sunday morning. We talked about Hawaii, marine ecosystems, fishing, ocean degradation etc… Below are a few sound … Continue reading Captain Pat, the ocean and the fish.
Week-end highlights. One of the best week-ends yet was an invitation hike some of the prettiest waterfalls on the Big Island: Rainbow falls. We hiked along the lava rock, dropped our bags off and then meandered up the waterfalls, climbing, jumping in the water, climbing and jumping back into these beautiful pools . On the way back we got poured on, just like one would … Continue reading Hawaii month 3!
Starting october 1st, I joined about a hundred thousand people on a month-long mindfulness summit. Every day, for 31 days I have the opportunity to listen to outstanding speakers and be motivated to join others in a daily mindfulness routine. Check out my blog around October 31st to read about the highlights and my experiences. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hilo Bay from Coconut Island: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bengal almond and … Continue reading Hawaii month 2- Meditation voyage and other adventures
Unfortunately my research got very busy, and I haven’t had time to write my weekly blog posts, but these are some pictures of a memorable week-end at my friend Geoff and Lyn’s agroforestry farm in Puna. Over the years, they have developed the most incredible food forest. And with their hard work, although weeding is still a tedious weekly chore, they have significantly suppressed the weeds … Continue reading Hawaii Month 2- Food Forest visit
Research is going well, I’ve finally started spending much more time in the field. At the moment, I’m interested in measuring the biomass content of the research site I am working on. This research site- ‘Liko Na Pilina’ is a hybrid restoration project whereby a group of scientists from the USDA Forest service, UH Hilo and Stanford University are creating a ‘model community’ to restore … Continue reading Hawaii Month 2- Research Updates
The end of week four was a little frightening as I realised that I have already been here for a month. My research is moving along slowly and I still haven’t sent out my research proposal to my advisors for review. I’m working on the methodologies, and finding it extremely hard to explain how I am going to project the research site in the future … Continue reading Hawaii Week 4!
This past week has flown by, and the highlight is definitely the surfing and big wave watching! As hurricane Ignacio came by I had a chance to surf at ‘Bayfront’– a spot that usually doesn’t get waves. I wasn’t sure where to park, but as I spotted a few people with boards I stopped my car, and quickly followed two guys out. It was a long … Continue reading Hawaii Week 3