Adventurous Departmental Twinkie Skirts Dangers while Globe-Trotting (Part 2 of the Biology Twinkie Saga) – Spring/Summer 2009

When we last left the Twinkie (Spring/Summer 2008 Newsletter), it was avoiding a soaking in a tropical shower on the Continental Divide in Costa Rica.  Thank goodness for cellophane packaging!  Since then, the Twinkie has encountered even more dangerous circumstances as it accompanies some of the most adventurous biologists in their search for truth, justice, and answers to the world’s most pressing biological and educational questions.

Research student Faith Whitehouse (‘10) and the Twinkie® share a peaceful moment overlooking the view at Mohonk Preserve, New York, where the Twinkie accompanied Faith in studying the impacts of Hemlock Wooly Adelgids on light environments and seedling recruitment in eastern deciduous forests (June, 2008).

Twinkie_2008_1While Faith diligently recorded survivorship of tree seedlings nearby, the Twinkie® had a brush with mortal danger in the form of a Black Rat Snake and sought safety in a not-yet defoliated Eastern Hemlock (June 2008).

Twinkie_2008_2Having safely escaped from the kinetic jaws of the snake, the Twinkie® finds time to enjoy the spectacular view of Mohonk Mountain House from “Skytop” June 2008

Twinkie_2008_3Later in the fall, Twinkie® embarked on its most adventurous journey to date, and accompanied Biology Education student Jonathan Hertel (‘10) on his study abroad course in Tanzania. Although Jon and his course-mates were robbed of many of their belongings during the trip, the Twinkie® was serendipitously elsewhere at the time, and survived to see some of the most amazing scenery on the planet.

Twinkie_2009_Africa“Twinkie® in front of Mount Meru, a mountain near Kilimanjaro.”
J. Hertel