Back to it! Return to Kumasi and Kogyae

Hello all, I’ve returned to Ghana as a solo-traveler this time to conduct the research without my Leiden colleagues for now. They will come in later near the end of August. Rosaleen will return around the 20th and our other colleague Leon will join us in the middle of August. Until then I am the…

Please do you have a tractor? Speulderbos Shenanigans

Hello all, I’m coming at you from the Netherlands! As we mentioned, we had to come back for two weeks to continue two projects here in the Netherlands. One in Texel, a Dutch island in the North Sea, and one in Speulderbos, near the Veluwe in the middle of the Netherlands. Yesterday, we went to…

Rik’s last days before the Hiatus

Hello again! I am writing to you from here in the Netherlands! We have to take a two week hiatus from Ghana to complete some other work here in Texel and in Speulderbos (near Apeldoorn).  Hopefully Rik will be able to write a post to you to describe the interesting work he does in Texel!…

Finally, some time with my leaves in the lab!

Hello again! I hope you all enjoyed Rik’s post about his journey to the field! He’s back again with Famoussa to help me in the lab to start some basic measurements. It took us quite a while to get the proper contact to get things set up in the lab, but now that we have…

Riks first time in Kogyae

Hello, this is Rik. I’m a BSc student and doing my thesis right now. I’m helping Amie and Rosaleen in Ghana. Today, we woke up at 5 am, because today was a FIELD DAY. Amie and I ate breakfast, bread with eggs, and waited for the rest to arrive; Famoussa, Emmanuel (driver) and Maxwell (Tree…

Bosomtwe Lake (long post)

Happy Saturday! We decided that on Saturday we should go for a “small” adventure to the nearby Bosomtwe Lake which was created by a meteorite impact some millions of years ago. It is a natural fresh water lake with no inlets and outlets, and it is one of the largest natural lakes in Africa. I…

Preparing for the next field day

Hello all, As Rik has recovered we are sitting here catching up on some work and planning the next field day! The most time consuming thing before the actual work is labeling the bags! We will be visiting the field next Tuesday/Weds, so we will have many photos to show you of the many species…

Bobiri excursion

Since I had to leave Ghana the next day, and Rik and I overlapped our stays for a bit, we decided to go for a small excursion to nearby Bobiri Forest Reserve. FORIG also has field stations here and a guest house. Bobiri houses a butterfly sanctuary with 400 species of butterfly. Apparently their numbers…

A little time to update…

Dear all, It has been a wacky week! Our BSc student Rik arrived and almost immediately has spent all of his visit in Ghana in the hospital! It will take some time to update all of the things from the previous week, but I will back post them so they appear in chronological order. Please…

Kumasi Market and Football

Hey there! This will be a bit of a short post. I mostly wanted to put up the photos of the central market which we took on the first day that Rik arrived! Unfortunately, we had been having a lot of problems with the internet lately, as the main modem on the campus we stay…