Bwanji! Finally we have arrived in Africa, and after surviving the first two days, I am gradually becoming aclimated to this completely different environment and culture. It's been wonderful thus far.
As for today, I was able to begin my research project related to the grooming habits of vervet monkey. Along with the help of Annie Bruce, I gathered some valuable information about the vervets that live near the Zambezi River in Livingstone. I look forward to collecting more information in South Luangwa, where the vervets are supposedly plentiful.
I can't wait to see what else Zambia has in store for the Zambassadors!
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!