This past winter break I had the amazing opportunity to travel with Professor Catherine Cardelus and five Colgate professors and two other Colgate students to Ethiopia to research the conservation of Ethiopian Church Forests. Getting to travel to a foreign country to do field research was one of the most incredible experiences I had at Colgate and one of my favorite parts was that it was not just three weeks in the field but an experience that followed me back to campus. I spent this spring doing lab research on the soils I collected and just last week two of our collaborators made the long trek from Ethiopia to come to visit us here in Hamilton! Alemayehu and Izabela were here to work with our professors on planning our future conservation project, but we also had a great time showing them what life is like in small town America.
On the last day of the conference, Professor Cardelus hosted our whole crew over to her house for a send off dinner. Joining us was Professor Cardelus’ family and another Biology professor, Engada Hagos, who is originally from Ethiopia, and his family. Mrs. Hagos treated us all to her homemade Ethiopian cooking with injera, lentils and lamb that brought me right back to our time in the country. We even had a traditional Ethiopian coffee roasting ceremony right on the back deck! It is so great that even though I got back from my trip 6 months ago, I can still be so involved and connected to this project and the people who made it happen right here from Hamilton.
Izabela, Mabel Baez ’15, Alemayehu and Professor Peter Skull relaxing before dinner at Professor Cardelus’ house.
Professor Engda Hagos laying out our beautiful banquet of Ethiopian and Indian food.