Articles from Field Dispatches

Graduation Day

November 7, 2016 - 9:37pm by Anonymous (not verified)

Thank you so much to my advisor, Dr. David Post, for taking me on as a student, giving me unparalleled opportunities to grow as a scientist, and providing a supportive home for me here at Yale!

Huge wildebeest drowning in the Serengeti

October 1, 2015 - 2:53pm by Anonymous (not verified)

Chris and I are currently back at Yale, but Geemi has been doing an outstanding job documenting wildebeest river crossings and drowning events this year in the Mara River. So far, there have been over 70 river crossings and just one drowning with 1,200 individuals. This is much fewer what we have documented over the past four years (an average of 5 drownings and ~7,000 individuals per year). All of our research thus far is on the Kenyan side of the border, but we just saw a report online of a huge wildebeest drowning that just happened on Sept. 29 in the Mara River on the Tanzanian side.


March 21, 2014 - 1:59pm by Anonymous (not verified)

So here’s how Tuesday unfolded…

2:50 pm - Alternator bearing froze in the middle of the Mara. We had already been suspicious of the new sound coming from our engine, and a friend’s mechanic had checked it out, diagnosed the problem, and determined we could safely drive the 2 hours to the nearest town. We broke down a few hundred meters later.

Can a robotic boat tell us what's at the bottom of a hippo pool?

March 12, 2014 - 2:49pm by Anonymous (not verified)

What happens inside of a hippo pool? Is it deep with a hard bottom, because the hippos are always wallowing out the mud and sediment? Or is it shallow with a soft bottom, because there are lots of hippos defecting inside of it all the time? How do the pools compare to the river reaches up and downstream? Wouldn’t you love to know what is happening at the bottom of a hippo pool? So would we!