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!
02 May 2007
During My Adventure!!
My journey into Zambia will be leading me to an adventure that most people dont get to experience! I will make the most of my time by studying the behavior of some of the large mammals like elephants and giraffes!!! I want to compare the behavior among animals of the same kin vs different groups of animals. Also I would like to look at how human expansion has contributed to animal density in parks causing tension among animals and between people and animals. This is a large piece of pie, but I hope to get a better understanding of the situation and maybe one day be able to help resolve peoblems like these.
My concerns is that will not be able to fully observe animals in a truly natural setting, because we (people) are everywhere. Park information may also be hard for me to attain aswell.
To truly grow to understand something you need to follow and track it, our time with these animals is limited but I will do what I can!