Category: Stories

The Future is Food

  As an undergraduate I gradually erased the mental image of a bold line separating environmental concerns from development economic issues. Environment does not equal only panda bears. Development does not equal just economic growth. Those working in corresponding fields intend to arrive at the same, logical destination whether they know it or not: sustainable, mutually […]

Product of our Environment

It has been said that the hardest part is getting there. After horrendous traffic in Los Angeles, expensive surprises after standing in an hour long queue at LAX, a restless redeye, and setting a personal best mile time through the Panama City Airport in order to make my connection, I would tend to agree. I […]

New Friends and New adventures

Kaselehlie! Greetings from Pohnpei! My first few days on the island have been an adventure, I arrived on Thursday after over 30 hours of travel and met briefly with my OneReef contact Wayne Andrew (yes his last name being my first name has become a bit of a joke). Wayne, who is from Palau, is […]

Leaving Tomorrow

In about twenty-four hours I will be landing in Honolulu for a 9 hour layover before taking another 10 hour flight through the Marshall Islands to Kolonia, Pohnpei, Micronesia where I will be living for the next two months. As I sit on my bed and look up at the dive flag hanging over my […]

Working toward a #plasticfreefuture for the Bay Islands of Honduras

I am working as the Education and Outreach Fellow with Think Beyond Plastic on the Bay Islands of Honduras to raise awareness of the marine plastic pollution problem and encourage local solutions. Thankfully my day-long trip to Roatan was one of the smoothest trips I’ve ever experienced- with only a half an hour of layover […]

Fighting Plastics in Paradise – Part 1

It’s been two weeks since I landed in Roatán International Airport and that marked the beginning of a nonstop tour of the region. In the past two weeks I’ve been on 1 flight and 3 ferry trips (not the best experience if you get motion sickness…). The fun started with a trip the day after my […]

Thinking Hyper Locally in Utila

Click here for the first post and general info about Think Beyond Plastic (and check out their website) and what I’m working on this summer. I am living on the island of Utila.  Plastic sucks. But it’s also very useful and incredibly cheap. How can something that pretty much never degrades be worth less than one cent […]

Fáilte go hÉirinn! / Welcome to Ireland

Dear reader, Sit and stay for’a moment wont’cha, hey, what’s the craic ? Luck be have-it, you’re on the right path. My name is Kyle Here on ‘ole Emerald Isle If you keep on readin’ your luck won’t turn back. I’m here in Galway for habitats and economical. Through SEMRU and CBE, it was a […]

A Summer Seeing Sanctuaries

I’m starting off my summer internship with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries and the MPA Center by doing “sense of place” research and art in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. If you have been whale watching in Monterey Bay, diving off the Channel Islands, surfing near San Francisco, or tide pooling in northern Washington, chances […]

Staying Home

I, like a few of my peers, choose to stay local for the summer. Having decided to waste no time, I started my placement the Monday following the end of the spring semester. My first week was nothing but amazing. Having been rather consumed with finals, I hadn’t taken the time to investigate where I […]

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