Luke and fellow UH graduate student, Sarah Tucker, getting ready to judge a local science fair.
I recently volunteered to judge at the annual science fair for a local middle school. It was really inspiring to see all the creativity in the room. The whole experience was a good reminder of why I got into science in the first place. I feel that as we get more and more focused on a single subject (e.g., speciation of island birds), we tend to forget that our work should still be fun and exciting. These kids reminded me of that. What a great experience!
Luke recently returned from conducting fieldwork in the upper reaches of the island of Kauai. Here, in some of the last remaining intact Hawaiian forests, native birds actually outnumber introduced birds!
Seen here is ‘anianiau, a Hawaiian honeycreeper endemic to Kauai.
Luke and colleagues represent the University of Hawaii College of Natural Sciences at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science conference in Honolulu this week.