Postcard from Brazil: UBC PhD student travels to Southern Amazonia to find the water footprint of local farmsMy initial estimate of this “water footprint” showed that 1,900 litres of water were required every year to grow one kilogram of soybean in Southern Amazonia. However, this estimate was based on a crop modeling exercise with assumptions that don’t reflect the realities of producing in the tropics.
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Postcard from Mexico: why galaxies spinAstronomy targets are not visible all year long, so I needed to apply for telescope time every couple of months to get observations of my targets. I was able to stay longer and collaborate in person at the Institute of Astronomy because of the Mitacs Globalink Award.
Postcard from India: Carleton University “Fish Woman” Brings New Tools to Fisheries ConservationYet people from the village of Valnur in Kodagu (Coorg district) took the sight in stride, affectionately dubbing us the “fish women” and inviting us into their homes for lunch and their temples for festivals.
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Postcard from India: UBC student investigates social and cultural change in Buddhist artIn discussions with my supervisor, I learned about the deep cultural histories of the Himalayan region, and aimed to bring together my interest in visual anthropology with a field-based ethnographic study of a social phenomenon.
Postcard from India: Graduate student studies how 400,000 rural fishers adapt to climate changeMy research showed that this particular village is being negatively affected by factors like lack of fishing space, reduction in daily income, conflict with a nearby village, and lack of communication between fisher villages.
Postcard from Brazil: anthropology PhD student uncovers the history of ancient indigenous communitiesI conducted archaeological surveys in six communities in the northern area of the Flona-Tapajós and mapped 13 new archaeological sites associated with the Tapajó, as evidenced by the presence of ceramics and anthropogenic soils.