On Top of the World

By Morgan Durbin, CSBSJU Hi lovelies, my name is Morgan Durbin. I’m a rising senior and Environmental Studies major at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph, MN. I’m writing this having recently bathed for the first time in 10 days and wearing clean clothes!!! My blisters have a protected…

Surprise Lake

By Lily Bosworth, University of Utah My name is Lily, and I’m a Geological Engineering and Geology double major from the University of Utah. In the past couple weeks I’ve learned that being in a remote place changes the way I view my choices. Although I’m subject to the elements and far from any source…

Otter nonsense!

By Avery Driscoll, Westminster College Greetings from the Piro Station! We’ve spent the last week and a half here surveying for Neotropical River Otters along seven nearby rivers. Besides the work of the Round River crew over the previous two semesters, little research has been done on the Neotropical Otter in Costa Rica. Our goal is to collect all the data we can about otter…

Welcome to la Pura Vida

By Luke Golden, Westminster College Luke collects data for his field project on the habitat preferences of the Neotropical river otter. Photo by Shalynn Pack. Our first views of the Central American spider monkey, up close and personal. Photo by Shalynn Pack. It really hit me that I had arrived in Costa Rica as I walked…

Trent Alvey: Art Frequency

Art Frequency: Trent Alvey uses science and curiosity to create The Westminster Review, March 2017 by Rachel Terran (’18)   Round River board member Trent Alvey was featured in the Spring 2017 issue of The Westminster Review.  Trent studied art and communication at Westminster (’87), and received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Below is an…

Historic Gift from Tompkins Conservation Helps Chile Protect 10 Million Acres as New National Parks

In a ceremony in Chile’s Pumalín Park, American conservationist Kris Tompkins (left) and Chilean president Michelle Bachellet announced the historic expansion of Chile’s national parkland by 10 million acres.  Photograph by Jimmy Chin (National Geographic) Historic Gift from Tompkins Conservation Helps Chile Protect 10 Million Acres as New National Parks Pumalín Park, Chile – March…

Insights from Inuvialuit Comanagement Efforts

Photo credit: Will Tyson Using social-ecological systems theory to evaluate large-scale comanagement efforts: a case study of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region Ecology and Society 22(1):5. New journal article by William Tyson, Round River staff member and alumnus ABSTRACT Comanagement efforts are increasingly tasked with overseeing natural resource governance at a large scale. I examine comanagement of subsistence…