As I was complaining about nothing I could do with my project on last Monday, I have been super busy since last Wednesday. I have all the stuff to do my experiment. As it turns out, reality is a lot different than what you planned. According to the paper we read, the method we are… Read More


You know you’re in the big web of science when you begin to recognize cited sources in scientific papers. It reminds me that each small research project is a part of something so much bigger than anything one person could do alone. The rabbit hole is very deep. No project is too small.  … Read More


Over this last weekend, I did a decent amount of work at home.  I did most of my work outside, at a park with some friends. Of course I would have rather spent my time hanging out with my friends or family, but sometimes that’s not always the case. I found out that working extra hours on… Read More


Starting this project has taught me more about science than I could ever learn in a classroom.  It’s not the “cookbook” style that I am used to, no directions, no step-by-step instructions.  That was the most difficult hurdle for me to overcome in beginning all of this. I thought that I had a project nailed… Read More


I will be honest, I am not sure what to say here. This is still one of those scenarios where I am still getting accustomed to saying I’m here. It’s hard to describe how it feels walking into the hallways of NOAA as an intern, having an office, and working at a computer either researching… Read More


First field day was this week since we’ve been graced with some rainless weather. We started early to avoid the abuse of sunlight and I quickly learnt that exact measurements in geology is not only impossible but a disadvantage. We set our constants such as the area of data collection, maximum number of measurements to… Read More


This week we visited an unmanaged site that was not affected by the beetles. It will serve as a control to compare our findings from the affected sites. It was in Sunshine Canyon in Boulder County. The day was hot but there was no rain. It is a lovely site! Our data collection process is… Read More


Hey guys, Luca here. Honestly all I have been doing this week is sitting at a computer, and programming. Mostly the work I am doing is researching to figure out the code required from various formula in the paper written by Idar Barstad and others. The link for the paper will be below for those… Read More