The summer is here and ever since finals at Haverford concluded, I have been checking my packing list over and over trying to make sure that I have the essentials for life and research in the desert. I am excited to be living in the desert and getting my hands dirty performing field work. I will be working for Michael Sears, who was a professor at the Southern Illinois University and is the new Ecology professor at Bryn Mawr College, and his collaborator Michael Angilletta of Indiana State University. The research that I will be conducting is related to ongoing experimental mesocosm studies of behavioral thermoregulation in lizards. This research is being performed at the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research field station in New Mexico, about 60 miles south of Albuquerque. I have been to Arizona for a short vacation years ago but that can not compare to living and working in the desert for 10 weeks!!! All in all, I am really excited to get out to New Mexico and start my summer, even though I am bound to experience the hottest summer of my life, I am excited to see what summer is like without humidity!!!