As a student at Lake Superior State University in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan we are required to perform a senior research project. I decided to emulate a project that was done by National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager using a 1 cubic foot cube to measure biodiversity over a period representative of 24 hours. About a month ago I contacted Mr. Liittschwager to receive more information on the methods he used in his project. When I contacted him, he informed and invited me on an expedition using those same methods for some firsthand experience using the methods. Of course I told him yes and now I leave in six days for San Francisco for a joint expedition with the Smithsonian Institute.
To say that I am excited is an unbelievable understatement and next to my wedding is the second greatest event in my life. I have always held a dream of working for both National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institute. My amazing university is not only allowing me to go, but also helping to fund the majority of my expenses and for that I am extremely grateful. At the moment, I am finishing preparations to embark next week. This weekend we will be packing for our trips (my wife is visiting relatives in Texas) and getting the house in order. I have a feeling I am going to end up over packing.
Check out Mr. Liittschwager's Nat Geo article.
T-Minus: Six Days