Thursday, July 19, 2012

Back at El Verde

We've returned to El Verde, and it's great to be back. The main purpose of this trip is to collect a "few" more data points to overcome "Fleishman's Rule." If everything goes well, we will be able to wrap up part of the story of dewlap diversity at the community level. For this trip, Elise and Emilia have joined the team.
Yesterday, Elise got a crash course in spectroradiometer use, straight from the guru (no need to say the name). As expected, she passed with flying colors and is now ready to begin collecting real data. Those little machines are useless at discriminating between useful measurements and a dark current. Well, I should said, to potentially collect real data, because the fun is just about to begin -- overheating equipment, saturation, irregular file numbers, moisture, just to mention a few. Of course, she is not aware of those pitfalls yet. Please stay tuned, more posts to come. 

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