A week of learning about and living in Mpala’s incredible ecosystem.

Personal journal excerpt: It is Tuesday evening; I am relaxing in Mpala research center reminiscing a productive day. I am inspired to write a short account of the ant-acacia relationship we learned earlier today:   Picture an ant, One ferocious and alert, She tends and serves, To protect her reserves!   Picture another ant, One [...]

By |2022-09-29T19:57:14+03:00September 20th, 2022|Fall 2022, Featured, Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Sticky|Comments Off on A week of learning about and living in Mpala’s incredible ecosystem.

MIT Evaporative Cooling goes to Ileret

Hi again! It’s Ava and Christine, Mechnical Engineering Undergraduate students from MIT D-Lab. After a beautiful few days spotting animals in the Masai Mara, we flew up to TBI's facility on the east side of Lake Turkana in Ileret to continue our evaporative cooling research! During our time in Ileret, we focused on understanding the [...]

By |2022-08-05T08:33:00+03:00July 25th, 2022|Featured, Research|Comments Off on MIT Evaporative Cooling goes to Ileret

Evaporative Cooling in the Field

This past weekend we visited the West Turkana Archaeological Project(WTAP) campsite at Lomekwi and had the opportunity to set up and test a charcoal evaporative cooler and a hanging evaporative cooler. The field research camps have limited access to electricity and cold storage for fruits and vegetables, so evaporative cooling is a potential solution to [...]

By |2022-07-22T08:41:06+03:00July 6th, 2022|Featured, General|Comments Off on Evaporative Cooling in the Field

MIT D-Lab Students Start Evaporative Cooling Research at TBI Turkwel

Hello! We are Ava and Christine, from MIT D-Lab, and this summer we are working with the Turkana Basin Institute and our PI, Dr. Eric Verploegen, to research evaporative cooling as a means of post harvest fruit and vegetable storage. In regions of the world where access to food preservation methods is limited, up to [...]

By |2022-07-10T09:41:50+03:00June 28th, 2022|Featured, General, Research|Comments Off on MIT D-Lab Students Start Evaporative Cooling Research at TBI Turkwel

Fall 2013 Field School Begins!

The Turkana Basin Field School for Fall 2013 has begun! The students made their long journey to Kenya from New York and set off on a short safari into the Great Rift Valley to Lake Elementeita, Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. We started at Lake Elementeita in the Rift Valley where we went for a [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:06+03:00September 8th, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Fall 2013 Field School Begins!

Independent discoveries from the fossils of Turkana

As part of the TBI Field School students get to work on new fossil material. Well, maybe not “new” in the normal sense of that word, but they get to work with material that no one else has laid hands on or thought about because it just came out of the ground a few days [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:08+03:00March 30th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Independent discoveries from the fossils of Turkana

Original student research on the Turkana Basin ecosystem

Time flies, especially when you’re learning something new. In the case of the ecology module it was more likely to be mosquitoes or bees than flies, but either way we’re all a little shocked that we’re a fifth of the way through the course. Two weeks in the Turkana Basin gone in a flurry of [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:11+03:00February 6th, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Original student research on the Turkana Basin ecosystem
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