Liz in Arcata, CA

Bio[edit | edit source]

2010 Appropedia Travel Intern!

Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology, Tulane University/Grant Writer/Science Communicator

Liz Kimbrough is a PhD candidate at Tulane University in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. You can find her in New Orleans studying endophytic fungi, playing her washboard, and writing about science for Liz received her BS in Botany from Cal Poly Humboldt in 2010. After graduating, Liz worked as a research assistant in the Peruvian Amazon, conducted rare plant surveys on Pacific Northwest timberlands, served as the first Travel Intern for, worked as a tutor in Italy, taught science to kids in San Diego. Liz began interning for tropical science and conservation news site in July of 2012 and quickly discovered a passion for bringing science and environmental news to the public. She has written over 50 articles for the site and is the writer of the “Innovation in Tropical Forest Conservation” interview series. In addition, Liz has written for the World Conference of Science Journalists, the Public Library of Science and the Global Forest Reporting Network.

Liz is also passionate about grant writing, editing and consulting across fields.

Learn more about her writing and research on her personal website:

Appropedia[edit | edit source]

Liz served as the first Appropedia Travel Intern.

In 2010 Liz visited intentional/green communities and projects in South and Central America with the following goals:

  1. To document positive functional aspects of the community /project to post on Appropedia. These aspects may be technological, social, or structural, etc.
  2. To assess if these places are an appropriate fit for the project described below.
    • Appropedia intends to establish a program that would link travelers with communities or projects focused around appropriate technology and intentional living. Travelers would be given an opportunity visit their country or region of interest and to have an in-depth experience there with an intentional community or appropriate technology project. As an alternative to volunteer travel programs in which the volunteers are contributing labor, Appropedia volunteer travelers would be asked to make contributions to the Appropedia database, updating older entries or creating primary documentation about the community they are visiting.

Travel itinerary[edit | edit source]

Dates (2010) Country Locations
August 9-11 Costa Rica The Rainbow Hostel
August 12-17 Panamá Panama City and Boquette
August 18-23 Panamá Bocas del Toro
August 24-30 Costa Rica Several communities around San Isidro
September 1-14 Costa Rica Rancho Mastatal
October 14-18 USA Bioneers Conference
November 7-12 USA The Global Summit

Contributions[edit | edit source]

I have been directly contributing to Appropedia since May of 2010. You can see all of my contributions Special:Contributions/Lizkimbrough here. Listed below are pages I primarily created, as opposed to just edited, on Appropedia and their respective page views as of September 28th, 2013.

[Total Views = 77663]
Page Name Views
Affordable aerial photography 2019
Auroville 1636
Bamboo boards 1266
Bamboo drying 969
Bamboo planter 1287
Bambu Tico bamboo factory 2186
Bocas Sustainable Tourism Alliance 1461
Cocoa hecho a mano 1320
EARTH University 802
Finca Amrta 1107
Finca Amrta's worm bin 1142
Floating drum biogas digestor 7708
Green tips for travelers in Bocas del Toro 1065
Hand crank barrel washing machine 746
Living Mandala 692
New Dawn composting toilet 10316
Operation Safe Drinking Water 1118
Rancho Mastatal 831
Regenerative Design Institute (RDI) 1264
Solar Energy International 1203
Terrasophia 1255
The Rainbow Hostel 3476
The Rainbow Hostel rainwater catchment system 1235
The Rainbow Hostel solar energy 1167
Vetiver 1255
Yestermorrow design build school 367
Talk:New Dawn composting toilet 1111
User:Lizkimbrough 4630
User:Lizkimbrough/Potential projects 2121
User talk:Lizkimbrough 1111
Appropedia:Press coverage 1148
Appropedia:Travel internships 4175
Category:Panama 1643
Category:Peru 1133
Category:Vermiculture 10042

Discussion[View | Edit]

Short term notes[edit source]

Tasks from 5/4/2010[edit source]

  • Make user page more in-depth
    • Include tentative travel itinerary
  • Email copy of your insurance
  • Email draft of intro letter (introducing yourself to potential organizations/project leads that you want to document)
  • Post draft list of organizations to contact at User:Lizkimbrough/Potential_projects
    • Format that page with Countries as headings and organizations/projects as bullets.
    • Eventually we will probably make a table out of the list with columns for Country, contact information, status, etc.
  • Make (well... start) the CCAT MEOW page.

--Lonny 19:57, 4 May 2010 (UTC)

Tasks from 5/11/2010[edit source]

--Lonny 21:30, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

Tasks 5/18/2010[edit source]

  • Find a spot at the Greens conference
    • Ask Melanie about it (dates, real name)
  • Fix links and citations for map images
  • Make categories from the countries (use Colombia as an example).
  • Redirects for non-accented pages to categories.
  • Separate page for CCAT MEOW rack
  • Email copy of your insurance
  • Continue on CCAT MEOW
  • Sign paperwork
  • Keep working on that intro to your page. :) It could be just a couple of lines.

--Lonny 19:37, 18 May 2010 (UTC)

Tasks 6/21/2010[edit source]

  • Continue making contacts.
  • Post three pages.

Notes[edit source]

--Lonny 21:20, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

Long term notes[edit source]

Special characters (when traveling)[edit source]

These alt codes usually only work from the numberpad. Use number lock on a laptop if there is no numberpad.

  • alt-126 for ~
  • alt-64 for @
  • alt-124 for |

Bioneers booth (Oct 15-17th, 2010) on Appropedia[edit source]

    • Poster
    • Large screen for laptop (faster laptop?)
    • Talking points
    • Tablers
      • Remind Lonny in September to find Tablers

Global summit (Nov 8-10th, 2010) presentation about travel intern[edit source]

Global summit table about Appropedia[edit source]

    • Tablers

Travel Intern Steward[edit source]

Hi Liz,

I am your very own travel intern steward. This is the first time I'm taking on a stewardship role, so I am hoping we can work together and keep in touch about your progress. I believe my job is to keep track of initiatives that you will be involved with during your travel internship and help to promote them. In addition to this I will also be spending a few hours each week to go over edits and new content for articles related to the initiatives.

Hope to hear from you soon! Good luck!!

Ayon Shahed

(my email is

Your 2021 impact stats are right here![edit source]

Let's recap.png

Hi Liz! We thought you may want know that your top performing pages so far are:

  1. Floating drum biogas digestor (36 588 page views) Update!
  2. New Dawn composting toilet (5 348 page views) Update!
  3. Bamboo planter (1 051 page views) Update!
  4. The Rainbow Hostel (1 006 page views) Update!
  5. Practivistas Dominicana/handbook (999 page views) Update!

Overall, your impact has been of 52,824 page views, woozaa!

Also, your user page has received 512 visits! People are interested in knowing more about you, edit your user page to tell the world what you've been up to.

Thanks for your contributions and for making Appropedia great, have a merry green Christmas!!

The Appropedia Team

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