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TREX Goes Canoeing

By Viban Gonzales ’20 Today was another day of work in the morning and play in the afternoon. We will be presenting our research to some high school students on Friday, and we spent this morning […]

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TREX – Day 5: Mauna Kea!

By Rayna Higuchi ’20 REX Day 5: Mauna Kea! Today, we drove up Mauna Kea, the second-highest mountain on the island. At the top, there was none of the heat nor humidity we have come to […]

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TREX 2019 – When in Rome, eat spam

By Viban Gonzales ’20 We’ve been in Hawaii for a few days now and have settled into an evening routine. At the start of the trip, we all signed up for nights to cook dinner for […]

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TREX Day 8: Leilani and the Super Blood Moon

By Rayna Higuchi ’20 Leilani Estates was right by the Fissure 8, the most destructive fissure during this past summer’s lava flows. The surrounding area has been transformed into volcanic glass; it is dangerous, unstable, and […]

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TREX Day 7: Transects and Beaches (Again…)

By Rayna Higuchi ’20 We started off today with data analysis, compiling and graphing the data that we have generated with transects so far. Nothing particularly insightful has popped up yet, but we’ll be studying the […]

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TREX Day 6 – Plants

By Rayna Higuchi ’20 Sierra Rosenzweig ’20, Stephen Duncan ’20, and I kicked off our day with an early morning call into the CEE mini-UROP. We spoke to the freshmen about our experience in TREX and […]

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TREX – Day 5: Transects and Sensors

By Janice Shiu ’20 Today, we split into three groups: one to do atmospheric profiles using drones, one to do forest transects in the Nanawale forest reserve, and one to put up a meteorological sensor and […]

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TREX – Day 4

By Rayna Higuchi ’20 Today was an exciting disappointment. We were originally supposed to head over to Leilani to see newly formed lava fields, but never got a call back on whether today was okay for […]

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TREX 2019 Day 2: Solar Panels and Sensors

By Rayna Higuchi ’20 The morning dawned bright and not so early, beginning at ten with us splitting into two groups. Half went to our first outing at a small climate and air quality research station, […]

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TREX Day 3 – Plant Life

By Rayna Higuchi ’20 Today was a pants kind of day. Our group started off adventuring into the woods behind the house to take something called a transect. Professor Dave Des Marais walked 50 feet straight […]

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TREX 2019 Day 1: Setup and Exploration

By Rayna Higuchi ’20 Today was the first full day that the TREX group spent in Hawaii. The morning was used for setup, with different groups going to stores, setting up drones and sensors, and buying […]

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TREX 2019 – Preparing for Hawaii

By Viban Gonzales ’20 I’m Viban Gonzales, a junior in course 1 taking 1.091: Traveling Research Environmental Experience, or TREX. Next week, we are going to the big island of Hawaii to do fieldwork and research […]

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