In a live chat hosted by @mturesearch, David Flaspohler talks about his research down in Mexico. From the unexpected cultural exchanges on the street to swapping science perspectives on bioenergy with a colleague in Sweden, Flaspohler digs into what it means to do research abroad. Join in #mtulive and follow @djflaspo to see the full conversation.
Welcome to Merida, Mexico
@mturesearch I am in Merida, Mexico, Yucatan, working with colleagues on a project to assess impacts of land use change on birds and bees.— David Flaspohler (@djflaspo) February 23, 2016
Hottest day of the year expected to be 97 F. Below, some of "our" N. American birds that spend the winter in Mex. pic.twitter.com/XTukXUD4KY— David Flaspohler (@djflaspo) February 23, 2016
Where #birds and #bioenergy meet
And learning isn't always easy
Just had a microcosm of some of the challenges faced with intl. research on my way to give my first Spanish presentation, was pulled over.— David Flaspohler (@djflaspo) February 23, 2016
@LynnMazzoleni Was using cell to guide me to my meeting, motorcycle cop waves me over; turns out you can't talk on cell in car = 500 pesos.— David Flaspohler (@djflaspo) February 23, 2016
But working abroad has its benefits.
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