Monday, July 18, 2016

End of Field Season, A Look Back

Posted by Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie

In celebration of the end of the Acadia field season, here's a look back at the final phenology transects of the last two summers.

These summit photos capture the exciting development of the past year. While the field seasons have steadily continued — the same three transects across the same three mountains, monitoring the same phenophases on the same species for four seasons — there's been a dramatic, far-reaching, joyful change that is not reflected in the routine spreadsheets or analyses of our field season data. 

In 2016 Mara was a great field baby, and while we had some fun adventures in the baby backpack, she spent most of her days in town while I was hiking. But, to mark the last transect of the last dissertation field season, Mara needed to be there! It's been a wonderful treat to share the last two field seasons with my daughter. Now if only she could be so helpful at writing manuscripts...

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