In May and June of 2007, 13 undergraduate students from Northern Michigan University are taking a field course in Zambia. Most of the students are majors in the Biology department, and all of them will be doing short field studies of their own design while on the ground in Zambia. The group will be making a stop in London on the way, spending four days seeing Zambia/Africa-related British sites (Burton's tomb, Livingstone's artefacts at the Royal Geographic Society, the British Museum of Natural History, etc.) and adjusting to the time change. The course is being led by me, Dr. Alec Lindsay, a professor in the Department of Biology at NMU, and Dr. Jackie Bird - a parasitologist in our department. We have made this blog so students can hopefully post notes thoughts, pictures and discoveries to the world. This should allow classmates, teachers, family and friends to share in their insights and keep track of their travels. Not only that, but viewers of the blog can add comments to posts - please do! We would love to hear your thoughts. Zikomo!

17 April 2007

What I Plan to Study: While in Zambia, I wish to study primate behavior and interaction with one another. More specifically, I want to try to determine if there is a relationship between vervet grooming behavior and the time of day. I will be observing the vervets in the South Luangwa National Park.

My Concerns: Vervets are supposedly very common in this area of Zambia. My biggest concern is that when we arrive to South Luangwa, the trees will be bare, and I won’t see a single vervet. Then, I will have to frantically devise a modified research project on the spot about a different species that is more abundant.

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2 comments: said...

Anne, I hope that you and your travelmates have a great adventure in Africa. Best of luck to you, and here's hoping that your concerns will be minimal. Dad

Anonymous said...

Hey Annie!! Got your email a couple days ago ... glad things are goin well thus far sounds like youre havin a blast! have you seen any vervets yet?? Have a great time .. take lots of pics for us .... Jimmy