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August 5: Biodiversity study and Football 101


Today blogger: Aifan Liu

Immediately after breakfast, Randy gave us a "Football 101" lesson to prepare us for the match with the local youth team next Monday. I learned that we should try to stay around our assigned positions and not to run around too much in order to save energy for the real play. Smart! 

Field  As the grain size analysis is pending at the lab, we spent the first hour of the morning in the lab, weighing and shaking the mud sample. Then we all headed to the field to continue the biodiversity study in the plots. We were divided into three teams, one of which did root work to help Lang’at on his study of the Impact of Harvesting on Carbon Balance and Functioning of the Mangrove Forest, and the other two teams did the crab count (see a video clip) and tree measurement.  This may all sound like easy work, but wait until you do it for 4 or 5 hours in a row! We have a team that never complained, though, and everybody competed for the hardest tasks. As a result, we are already half a day ahead of schedule. Bravo, team!

Casuarina_farm  Late afternoon, Dr. Kairo brought us to a Casuarina farm. Casuarina is a species of pine, originally from Australia, and chosen as a substitute wood to relieve the pressure on the use of mangrove. There is a pub and restaurant attached to the farm, and we ended our visit there with dinner and presentations on Michael and John’s master studies.

In the evening we heard the life stories of Sandra and Martin. Once again, the stories are fascinating.   

It has been great sharing all along, and sharing is caring.