First Week

Here is my report on the first week of work on my research project. So far, everything has worked out in one way or another.

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Corticosterone hormone as an indicator for environmental mercury stress in migratory versus resident bird species

Abstract

The goal of this project is to learn more about how migration affects a bird’s reaction to environmental mercury stress. I will be measuring corticosterone (CORT), a stress hormone, as well as mercury in feather samples from a migratory and nonmigratory species. I expect that nonmigratory species will exhibit more mercury but less CORT in their feathers. The constant exposure will naturally select birds that do not overreact to mercury poisoning. Overreaction to mercury tends to lead to reduced reproductive success. Therefore, it acts as a direct selective pressure on birds in mercury-polluted environments. With this information, we can learn more about how mercury pollution in one area affects wildlife on a continental scale.

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Migration, globalization, and class in Lima, Peru

I have returned to the US and my time in Peru was so wonderful that I extended my trip an extra month. The extra month gave me time to go back to the province of Pucallpa, visit other small cities of Trujillo, Chiclayo and Ica, as well as do more ethnographic study in the capitol city in Lima.

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Second on-site post: Preservation of culture and migration from the Amazon

 

Typical street in Pucallpa, Peru

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Civil Society’s Answer to Migration: Education

In my last post, I expanded on the importance of permanent residents in the United States to express consent. I will not attempt to provide a mechanism by which native-born citizens can accomplish, but I would like to return to the particular group on which this blog is focused – undocumented immigrants who enter the United States at a young age. I previously suggested that it is irrelevant (at least in this discussion) whether these individuals consented to come to the United States, but that it is essential for them to explicitly agree to be governed and to join the civil society if they intend to stay.

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