An Oddball Species—Steelhead

Steelhead Trout While out netting on the Kenai river, we pulled a peculiar fish out of the net. It had small, distinct spots all over its back, extending from the entirety of its tail, onto…


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Plan for a DIY Wind Turbine

Plan for a DIY Wind Turbine As is usual for me, a little idea is nagging at me and demands my attention. In this case, I keep thinking about building a wind turbine entirely from…


3D Printed Electric Motor Design

Hello all. It should come as no surprise that biking on the island of Hawaii is difficult. The entire island is one big steep hill. One day while biking up a long steep hill, I…


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Cinematic style video on the Canon 70D

That’s right. I learned how to film raw video on the 70D using magic lantern, and it looks amazing. I discovered that the bottleneck was the card write speed, so I upgraded to a lightning…




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Ecological Research in Hawaiian Forest Fragments

In Hawaii, numerous lava flows can create forest fragments that are called kipuka (Lit. ‘Image of a Forest’) in Hawaiian. These forest fragments can suffer from edge effects as the surrounding matrix habitat starts out…


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Case Study in Trophic Cascades: Sea Otters

My class’s latest project involved a case study in trophic cascades. My group was given sea otters as a topic to study. This slide show accompanied our talk regarding the important role sea otters play…


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