Join primatological researchers evaluating the impact of forest fragmentation on orangutan habitats in Indonesia to engage students in studying and saving of orangutans, a species that may vanish from the wild within two decades.
I never thought I would grow so much...both mentally and physically...as I did on this expedition. These were the most rugged conditions I have ever experienced, and it gave me a whole new appreciation of the work of field scientists. I now feel equipped to do real field research, and make a greater impact in science.
I now have fully experienced how scientific field research is done, how tedious it can be, how heartbreaking and difficult it can be, but also how powerful it is! I will now be able to convey to my students how science is done, not just from a theoretical point of view, but from one of a practitioner.
Contributing in this valuable research that hopefully will be used to ensure that the rainforests of the Sulawesi region of Indonesia will be protected for years to come.
I now hope to incorporate a much stronger element of field research into my classes. I would especially love to go to Central Park to study different aspects of the ecosystem that exists there, to help bring the science to life.
I hope to work much more closely with our Biology/Living Environment teacher to figure out ways we can bring our students together for collaborative life/physical science research projects.
I would love to start organizing annual trips to do citizen science in various international locations, with students that are interested in research.
Definitely the accelerated rate of extinction that many ecosystems (and especially the rainforests of Indonesia) are experiencing. And the important role that field research can play in shaping policies to protect that biodiversity.
I now see the whole field of science very differently than before the fellowship. I have developed a deep sense of awe and respect for how incredibly difficult, time consuming, and tedious the whole process of scientific research can be. Accordingly I have a newfound respect for those scientists that endeavor their whole lives to contributing to the enhancement of our collective understanding of the natural world.