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Day 1 at COP 21: Kinda Overwhelming

Here I am at COP 21 in Paris! Even though the conference started last Monday, November 30th, I haven’t been able to come until last night, when I flew in from Madrid very late and got up early this morning to see and do as much as I possibly could. I am here for the last few days of the conference, and all fingers and toes are crossed that by the end of Friday, we will have a final draft of a ground-breaking and game-changing climate agreement. Continue reading “Day 1 at COP 21: Kinda Overwhelming”

Palau Part III: The Traveler’s Dilemma

My Palau adventure has sadly come to an end, but I had an amazing last week in this beautiful place. I was in Palau for a 3-week research seminar on coral reefs, and if you missed my first two posts about this trip you can read them here and here. We were hosted at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), Palau’s top research institution, which also runs the Palau Aquarium. It was great to meet PICRC’s CEO Yimnang Golbuu and interact with many of the researchers there. The seminar was taught by two Stanford faculty members, Rob Dunbar and Stephen Monismith, and a faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Bob Richmond. Continue reading “Palau Part III: The Traveler’s Dilemma”

Plunging Into a Palauan Paradise

Greetings from Palau! After Stanford at Sea, I spent one week in Kauai with my family, and now I am onto my next adventure: a 3-week field seminar in the beautiful island nation of Palau. Palau is located at 7˚ N, to the east of the Philippines and Indonesia:

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Map of Palau in relation to Oceania http://www.howitworksdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Palau_and_oceania.jpg

Palau is the definition of a tropical paradise: hundreds of gumdrop-shaped islands completely covered with lush green jungle, clear warm water that looks to be a million different colors at once, and intricately mesmerizing coral reef communities. One of the really special things about Palau is that it contains a huge variety of different ecosystems. In one country, there are volcanic islands, limestone islands, and coral atolls, as well as four different kinds of reefs. Continue reading “Plunging Into a Palauan Paradise”

Stanford at Sea: Reflections on the Open Ocean

A week ago, I stepped off the Robert C. Seamans for the last time. This beautiful ship, which had been my home for the last five weeks, had carried me safely from Tahiti to Hawaii, along a stretch of open ocean traversed by few others, and dotted with islands that most people haven’t even heard of, much less would visit in their lifetimes. I was on this voyage through a program called Stanford at Sea, which sent 21 students on a journey to explore and research the ocean. Continue reading “Stanford at Sea: Reflections on the Open Ocean”

Skiing Sustainably, and Why It Matters

This week, I am home in Colorado for Spring Break, so I spent a couple days skiing in the mountains with my dad and sister. On Monday, we went to Monarch, a small local resort outside of Salida. Monarch is right in the middle of the Rockies, so there are mountains in every direction. On Tuesday, we went to Copper, which is a much bigger resort in Summit County. Copper also had fantastic views, as well as 4 inches of fresh powder. Continue reading “Skiing Sustainably, and Why It Matters”

A Weekend in Yosemite: Where’s the Snow?

Over President’s Day Weekend, I went to Yosemite National Park with ten other students from my dorm. I was there for two nights and one full day, and I had an incredible time. I had never been to Yosemite before, and I finally understood why people rave about it so much. With its iconic mountains and spectacular views, it was a great opportunity for me to disconnect, have a change of pace, and enjoy being in nature. Continue reading “A Weekend in Yosemite: Where’s the Snow?”

Ocean Acidification: A “Hidden” Impact of Climate Change

The impacts of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases on our atmosphere and global temperature are widely publicized. And while these changes are crucial to understanding the science and translating it into policy, there are other impacts of climate change that are not talked about nearly enough. The one that I’d like to focus on in this post occurs in our oceans. Through a process called ocean acidification, the release of greenhouse gases, namely carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere is affecting the chemistry of our oceans. Continue reading “Ocean Acidification: A “Hidden” Impact of Climate Change”

Recent Redwood Reflections

I recently went on a hike with my good friend Meghan Shea to the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space. It was about a 35-minute drive away, and the fresh morning scent of the forest was exactly what I needed to recenter myself. When you’re living in the suburbs, it is so easy to forget about the incredible natural places that are just around the corner. Even though school keeps me insanely busy, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to make more time for nature. Continue reading “Recent Redwood Reflections”

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