For those of us in the EDGE training workshop there has been no lack of mental stimulation between statistics, R, GIS, media, behavioural observation and oh did I mention statistics….. my brain has not had a chance to rest. Despite my pre-statistic fears I can say I have conquered standard deviation, the chi test and I even understand what a parametric test is and how to test for assumptions.
I have accepted that this clearly is just the beginning of my newfound relationship with statistics and, as Dr. Rajan Amin has made clear, the key to conservation is solid statistics. We could not have asked for a better mentor.
Taking a break from statistics we took a trip to Shimba Hills as we learned about behavioural observation. It was there that I had my first encounter with large African mammals such as giraffes, elephants and warthogs. On a safari ride driving through the reserve during the afternoon we really didn’t see anything until it started to cool down and got closer to 5pm. Despite the beauty of these wild animals, I am not ready to trade my underwater world for the grasslands of East Africa.