Oct. 18: Ken Caldeira spoke to Stanford’s CEES Computational Geoscience Seminar about: Applying Geophysical Models to do Policy-Relevant Science: Geoengineering, Ocean Acidification and Related Issues.
Oct. 12: Robin Martin introduced Christopher James whom she met in Ecuador and is affiliated with Finding Species, an NGO with offices in both Maryland and Ecuador. Chris spoke about this NGO's work spearheading collaborative efforts in conservation for many years. It's beautiful and scientifically accurate photos of Ecuador's biodiversity are known throughout the country and abroad. Now Finding Species is coordinating the activities of a "Conservation Network", an informal association of long-term research projects, sustainable development efforts run by communities, and private reserves dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Ecuador's native ecosystems. This talk was an overview of Ecuador's outstanding biodiversity and the Conservation Network's combined actions to insure its long-term survival.
Oct. 18: Matt Colgan, PhD Student in Asner's Group, described his research project on the Pompey Biomass Harvest at the Field Group's weekly meeting. The Pompey silica mine is located adjacent to Krueger National Park in Africa. With a hired local crew, Matt harvested trees at the Plot Scale within an Airborne LIDAR data set to develop new methods of Carbon Stock estimation at regional scales. His photos and video of the mine site, complete with giraffes and other wildlife, showed vivid examples of the work in progress. Now he is developing algorithms to analyze the new data.
Tasting: Matt brought a bottle of Amarula, a liqueur made from fruit of the African Marula Tree that figured large on his plots. We compared this favorably with Irish Cream that has a similar chocolate flavor and alcohol content (17%).