For the 2012 Spring Semester I registered with the Computational Ecology class taught by Tanya Berger-Wolf, which got me to the Mpala Research Center and Wildlife Foundation at Mpala, Kenya. The class was co-taught with Princeton Professors Dan Rubenstein and Iain Couzin, on the Kenyan Savannah. For my class project, I studied acacia tree ants (which bite!), examining four different ant species that have a symbiotic relationship with the acacia tree. Working with Princeton biologists, we collected data about the species and number of ants on a tree colony and created visualizations to map the colony and help ecologists analyze the data.
More pictures to come.