1/23/17: I arrived in Thailand around 1 am local time on January 15, 2017, lugging six heavy bags and two carry-ons behind me. Within these bags were the supplies I will use over the next 10 months: casual clothes, field cloths, my computer, a few books, and field gear including boots, cameras, headlamps, snake tongs, rakes, a GPS, and lots of spare batteries.
My home base in Thailand for the duration of the Fulbright is Bang Khen Campus, Kasetsart University in Chatuchak District, Bangkok, Thailand. I will be studying the biodiversity of reptiles and amphibians in regions throughout Thailand in collaboration with Dr. Anchalee Aowphol and her lab, in the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science.
My first week in Thailand was spent settling into my dorm room and exploring the area around Bang Khen (including trying a lot of delicious food!). Bang Khen, the main campus, is large and beautiful, situated on roughly 330 acres and home to tens of thousands of students (the number across four Kasetsart University campuses is roughly 67,000 students, but I don’t know how many are at the main campus). Campus is filled with trees and flowers, ponds and canals, and a large number of outdoor markets, canteens, and coffee shops. Roughly five miles away from campus (only a short one hour cab ride in Bangkok traffic) is the Mo Chit BTS (sky train) station and Chatuchak park, which hosts a thriving weekend market and a daily night market. I am excited to explore and learn more about the area!