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 June 2007


To add to the others, last nights safari was incredible. I think everyone is enjoying our last stop. Flatdogs is super nice, it even has Internet! It is hard to think there is this wonderful place since we drove hours and hours along this bumpy dirt road. (That could pop a tire at any moment) (I think that's the only way to get here by land) I don't want to come home, the trip has gone by very fast.

I changed my study from studying hyraxes to looking at tsetse flies to see if they contain the trypanosomes that cause African sleeping sickness. This will take many hours in the lab at home. (but I am excited)

1 comment:

Ralph said...

Hi Katie,

It made our day to hear from you, though actually I still am more scared of you in London then Zambia. You will look right to check for cars at the curb and get hit from the other direction. A good place to look BOTH ways.

We are all back from Annapolis. Trip good, except right before Beth walked up, grandma and then Ethyl fainted. At least I saw her graduate.

There is a little Honda wagon for sale down the street. Now that you have these bargaining lessons, you might use them on it.