Category Archives: New Life Experiences

Graduation, motherhood and a new job

Wow, it’s been about 2 years since I last posted and realized that just now, when checking out the website. These past two years have been super busy. In fall 2017 I found out I was pregnant and due in … Continue reading

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Nectar, pollen, measure, nectar, pollen, measure…

**This is going to be a picture heavy post – after all a picture is worth a thousand words! Hope you enjoy!** So many flowers, so much data! I really can’t complain, though, since things have been going so smoothly. … Continue reading

Posted in Agroecology, New Life Experiences

Wet processing coffee

Well, I just came back from spending two weeks in Puerto Rico, checking up on how the coffee harvest is going. I have some amazing technicians working for me, but there’s nothing like being there in person to make sure things … Continue reading

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Pachamama, why you messing with me?

*Pachamama is the Quechua word for mother nature – being Peruvian, and having spent time in Peru, I learned a bit of Quechua, one of the many native languages in Peru. I love the term Pachamama, and I’m happy to … Continue reading

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Oh boy! It’s been a while! Here’s what I’ve been up to :)

I can’t believe my last post was 6 months ago!  Time really does flies when you’re having fun! Well, here’s what’s new: Personally: I got engaged, and have been wedding planning. My best friend got married, and I was bridal … Continue reading

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Moss Experiment – October Update

This is just a quick update on the growth of my backyard moss. Since it’s cooled down outside, I think the moss is doing even better! It’s a nice bright green color, now. It helps that September was an extremely wet … Continue reading

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Moss experiment July update

Three months ago I posted about the benefits of moss, both for the environment and for the homeowner. I started a mini-experiment to see how long it would take for moss to grow, since 1. I’m very impatient and 2. … Continue reading

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Surveying bees in coffee plantations

It’s been exactly 1 month since I started my research in coffee plantations in Puerto Rico. This project is similar to the last one, but we’re looking at a few more variables, in addition to agricultural practices. Specifically, we’re surveying bee abundance … Continue reading

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Moss Experiment

So this post is going to be a little bit out of the ordinary since I’m not going to talk about insects. I hope I don’t lose any fans over this 🙂 I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, in an … Continue reading

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Check out my ant page

Back in 2009, I was a resident naturalist at a lodge called Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. There, I was able to observe many of the fascinating ant species found around the lodge. My responsibilities there included locating ‘good’ ants (i.e. ants … Continue reading

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