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Climate policy is innovation policy

My guest column “Climate policy is innovation policy” was published on MLive.com (Michigan newspaper consortium) on December 23, 2014. It seems to have struck a chord – it generated 1,985 comments in the first 24 hours. http://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/12/guest_column_climate_policy_is.html  

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The Grenadine islands attract many boating tourists during the high season. Many Vincentians operate small businesses that cater to the tourists.

Building resilience in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the most disaster-prone nations in the world. The changing climate may make these disasters even worse. There is, however, hope in building a nation that is more resilient to storms, floods, earthquakes, and fires; more adaptable to changes in temperature and precipitation patterns; and stronger in the […]

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Suggestions for Fulbrighters and others living abroad

Jen and I put together a list of suggestions and “things we wished we had known.” It is specific to our experience as Fulbrighters in Kenya, but anyone studying or living abroad might find it useful. Money and Finance Set aside about 15% of the total grant value for taxes. Set up wire-transfer paperwork at […]

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Erik and GVSU alumna Katie Hekstra at Nairobi National Park (with some random kids)

Interview, pictures, and meeting a GVSU alumna in Nairobi

Erik and GVSU alumna Katie Hekstra at Nairobi National Park (with some random kids) It’s been a busy time these last few months, trying to wrap up projects before we leave in July. It’s hard to believe we’ll be back in Michigan in 3 weeks. Here are a few things we’ve been up to. I […]

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More student pictures from field trip

Here are more pictures of students from the field trip. Click on the image to see a larger picture. If anyone would like high-quality copies, just ask and I will send them to you.

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Our guide explains the medicinal value of a rainforest plant.

Student Field Trip to Western Kenya

The 3rd year environmental studies students traditionally take an extended field trip touring the western part of Kenya including the northern Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, Kakamega Forest, and Lake Bogorio. I was invited to tag along on this year’s trip. We started our journey at lunchtime on Monday, after the students had completed their last […]

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Here is another termite queen from the mound the men broke up earlier that morning.

Digging out the termite mound

I heard the workers in our backyard, but I assumed they were chopping up the tree stump left over from last week’s felling. After about an hour, I looked out and noticed they were digging up our termite mound. Yes, our house has a “proper termite mound” as our English biologist friend Harry put it. […]

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My dad with a giraffe. The giraffe was standing right in front of our tents.

My dad’s visit: Safari at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The New Year started out with a visit from my dad, Bob. He arrived on New Year’s Day after welcoming 2013 with a mid-flight glass of champagne. After spending a few days adjusting to life in Nairobi, we all struck out for Laikipia, a dry grassland nestled between Mt. Kenya (Africa’s second highest peak) and […]

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Two pairs of tusks span Moi Avenue, one of Mombasa's main thoroughfares. They were built to commemorate Princess Margaret's visit in 1956.

Holiday Trip Part 2: Mombasa

As we alighted from the plane and stepped down onto the tarmac, our senses were hit with the tropics: the smell of the sea, the heat on our skin, the muggy vegetal air of early evening. It was such a change from the stark, arid expanse of Amboseli National Park and the cool highlands of […]

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This hippo grew tired of being watched and suggested we move along.

Holiday Trip, Part 1: Amboseli National Park

  We were driving through the Kapiti Plains, where Theodore Roosevelt spent a good portion of his 1909 safari, when we saw our first animal: giraffe. It was a good start to our big holiday trip exploring Amboseli National Park and the Swahili Coast of Mombasa. Our driver and guide, David, took us south from […]

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