Shelley James

Shelley James

Gainesville, FL

Florida Museum of Natural History


Published on Oct 03, 2015

Life in camp

I was completely in awe as the helicopter flew into the Valevahalo "the Hibiscus" camp site. This was formerly a village, abandoned since the 1970s. It was the largest remote research camp I'd be...

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Published on Sep 27, 2015

Field work complete!

Now back in the US, and with reliable internet access, I can finally relay the adventures of Guadalcanal! After two 6-minute helicopter trips, two camps, 9 nights sleeping under tarps, and 8 days ...

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Published on Sep 04, 2015

Sometimes expeditions run smoothly, but have a Plan B and C

Plan A: get to the Solomon Islands with luggage. Unfortunately, thunderstorms over Atlanta yesterday caused chaos in flight schedules, and my critical overnight flight to Brisbane was missed by min...

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Published on Sep 03, 2015

QR codes, packing and flying out!

Time for last minute gathering of supplies, packing and organizing before flying and landing finally in Honiara, Solomon Islands - if all goes well - on the 5th September. The final Guadalcanal "Bi...

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Published on Aug 19, 2015

Thanks for your for action!

Many. many thanks to all of you for contributing to the Guadalcanal project! After arriving in Honiara on the afternoon of the 5th, the team will attend a traditional ceremony in the landowner's vi...

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Published on Aug 18, 2015

One day left on the campaign!

Many thanks to everyone who has backed this project so far! Getting from Florida to the Solomon Islands is going to be quite an adventure - flying from Gainesville to Atlanta, across the mainland ...

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Published on Aug 05, 2015

Helicopter landing site...the expedition preparation continues

A recon trip was made last week, led by team participants Patrick Pikacha and Edgar Pollard to clear the helicopter landing site for the expedition. It took them 3 days to reach the site on foot!

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