"I wonder what I'll be doing… I didn't have too much communications with my Professors here in CMU so I'm I have no idea what research I'll be conducting. Let's find out."
Well it turns out that Aj. Prasit didn't have enough things for me to work on! I was initially introduced to the World Agroforestry Centre. This is where Aj. Prasit along with half a dozen or so students and faculty are working on a three year project called Field to Fork: A multi-site research initiative to reduce malnutrition through nutrition-sensitive agricultural solutions. Yes, the title is lengthy, but the cause is incredible. There are several facets of this project that are assigned to different students: nutrition, agriculture, and education to name a few. What I am working on is the educational and promotional aspect of this project. Which means that I will be working with my Thai colleagues to create multiple educational material via various types of media such as video, brochures, leaflets, etc. So far I have been researching and reading material about the project and I will soon go one of the project sites in Mae Rim to work with, interview, and observe the local Karen villagers.
And soon after that Aj. Prasit introduced me to FORRU, Forest Restoration Research Unit. FORRU consists of a small group of ecologists and research students dedicated to "develop efficient methods to restore tropical forest ecosystems for biodiversity conservation, environmental protection and carbon storage," and also to function as an educational and outreach team. I will be working with several students, both international and Thai, on this project. Although for this project my specific goals haven't been set in stones, I already have several assignments, such as making an educational brochure about several places in Doi Suthep.
So I went from not knowing what I would be working on at all to working full time on two separate projects in less than a week's time. And I couldn't be happier!