Hawaii month 3!
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 on a typical Hawaiian day! My friend Sarah invited me to her Uncle’s ‘day party’ about 20 minutes away. As I arrived there were a few familiar faces, and after a little while I realised these were all ecologists! It’s definitely nice to go to a gathering of like-minded people. This wasn’t any sort of gathering, it was a ‘jamming session’ as everyone pulled out their musical talents! Some played guitar, others sang, others played the jambe, and one talented man imitated the trumpet with the sound of his voice!
All in all, a week-end I won’t forget!
is moving along. I had to undertake a gigantic literature review to find biomass equations for the species that are planted in our research plots. Unfortunately I din’t not find much, which is disappointing but good at the same time, since my field measurements will be contributing to the agroforestry literature. Often the most promising articles are in Indonesian, Indian or French! Thank you Google translate for making my life easier!
One thing I realised is that because the plant names are in Latin, ecologists, botanists, plant scientists … etc have access to a lot more resources than scientists in other fields of study because search engines use Latin names which opens up access to the international literature that might otherwise be left out when looking for things in English.