Field Work Summary and the Questions Begged by Jerusalem’s Graffiti

I’m back from Israel (have been for a while, actually, though I’m really nervous about blogging). All in all, I captured nearly 1000 photos of the graffiti of Old City Jerusalem. Researching abroad was a thrilling, life-changing experience, and I am extremely grateful to the Nathan P. Jacobs foundation, who funded the grant the made this research possible.

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Weeks 4 and 5: The Model

We’ve captured, marked, and released 43 diamondback terrapins now; far more than we ever imagined we’d find.  Pretty soon I’ll be able to use the data we’ve gathered in a mathematical model to predict the future behavior of the population based on known survival rates of the various stage classes.

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An Update from the Dreaming Spires: Adjustments and Expansions in Oxford

It’s been a while since my last blog post, and in that time, a lot has changed about my work environment and my research goals. Term has been over for only a few weeks here in Oxford, and it’s been bittersweet to watch everything I’ve worked on during term wind down and most of my friends go home, wherever that is for them. I’ve been trying to use this time to reflect on what I want to gain from being here in England more generally, beyond the time I’ve been logging in the Bodleian and what I’ve managed to do so far. I’ve also broadened my research focus to examine more instances of late-Tokugawa Japanese diplomacy and travel, beginning a few years after the arrival of Commodore Perry in 1854 until the official beginning of the Meiji period in 1868.

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