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SnowSTAR-2012: Hoars and Drifters

April 9th: Now that we have arrived the work begins. We spent the day checking out the snow, putting our ground-based LiDAR together and testing it, and dealing with some lingering logistical problems (like making sure ten barrels of aviation fuel arrive before the plane does).Checking out the snow is my favorite activity, and being the expedition leader, I got assigned this task...

April 12, 2012 — Matthew Sturm

Spiders in Borneo: Geometrical Jumping spiders

Jumping spiders (salticids) are so diverse, it's difficult to choose how to organize and express all the different kinds. To convey what we've found in Borneo, let's start with shapes -- geometrical shapes.First, the circle...

April 12, 2012 — Wayne Maddison

Alaskan North Slope Snow LiDAR Campaign: SnowSTAR-2012

April 8th, 2012: I had somehow missed that we were leaving on Easter Sunday…. but the drive North across Alaska and the Brooks Range on a perfect day, clear blue skies, pristine white snow, and majestic mountains, was ample compensation for leaving town on a holiday, and my four companions (Fig...

April 10, 2012 — Matthew Sturm

Spiders in Borneo: Lambir Hills

We were at Lambir Hills National Park for the last week, without Internet connectivity -- hence the blog going dark. In past decades, doing field work in tropical rainforests always meant being entirely disconnected from the rest of the world...

April 9, 2012 — Wayne Maddison

Spiders in Borneo: Mulu wrap-up

Our 17 days at Mulu have passed. Today, we took the day off from sampling to rest and pack up for the next stage of our expedition, a shorter stay of 8 days at Lambir Hills National Park.Each day we have sampled and processed so intensely that we fall in bed exhausted...

April 3, 2012 — Wayne Maddison

Spiders in Borneo: Scattered literature

Reading my previous posts about spiders we've found, you might wonder why I seem uncertain whether a spider we find is new to science. Why don't we just get out our trusty Field Guide to the Jumping Spiders of Borneo?...

April 2, 2012 — Wayne Maddison

Spiders in Borneo: Entangled and pierced

You're walking through a Borneo rainforest, keeping your eyes focused on shrubs and tree trunks that might be good opportunities for spider hunting, and suddenly your forward progress is halted...

March 30, 2012 — Wayne Maddison

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