Kanaloa give us strength: Field season part 2

After Hilo, my group headed to Oahu where we again put in 18-hour nights and faced new challenges including food poisoning, some crazy roosters, and building a new recording set-up on the fly since ours broke in transit. I’m still surprised we were able to get everything finished. Aaron and Jay were so hardworking and capable with amazing attitudes–I was blown away and am very thankful. Team Kanaloa!


Aloha! Field season part 1

The first part of our field season was challenging but successful. The SAU and DU crews met in Hilo to collect data on ancestral Hawaiian field crickets. We worked 18-hour days (I guess I should say nights), I had a cough that kept people awake, and we accidentally stayed at a hippie commune, but we still made time to eat good Hawaiian food like ramen and HOT Hot Malasadas!

So proud of my freshman!

My Intro Bio students wowed everyone (including themselves) when they presented their original research at our poster symposium.


As I’ve mentioned before, I came to St Ambrose because of the Biology Department’s commitment to authentic science. This semester, I guided these freshman through authentic inquiry experiences. Each student developed a question and a hypothesis, used the literature and trial and error to design methods, collected and analyzed data, and finally disseminated their findings–check out the beautiful scientific posters below. I’m so proud of what they accomplished this semester!

Ahhh we did it!

We hit our Kickstarter goal! Thank you SO much everyone who supported our purring cricket research! I’m so excited I’m literally jumping up and down right now. Wow!

We will be sending everyone PURRsonal thank you notes from the field. Until then, thank you so much for making this possible! We are so excited about this research and could not do it without your support.

USA Today made a…

little video about the purring crickets. So cool! (Ignore all the shots of other Orthopterans. It’s guess it’s difficult to find stock videos of Teleogryllus oceanicus 🙂 )

We can’t wait to find out if parasitic flies can hear the purr when we head back to the field in January. Thanks for helping us get there!