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!
11 June 2007
These last couple of days back in Marquette has given me a time to re-cap on this amazing adventure that 13 students and 2 professors took to Zambia and called it a class. I don't think that I will ever take a trip quite like this ever again. The people in our group that I traveled with each brought something unique to the table that made the trip that much more interesting and better. I must say that the diversity of animals, plant life, and bugs and birds is quiet extraordinary. This trip so far has helped me become a better researcher in the field and open up my eyes to a new style that we like to call "Africa Time". Over all this trip has been a complete success and I can't wait till the Zamposium to see everyone again and share what we learned. Thank you to everyone you have made this trip better then expected.