VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
“The true biologist deals with life,” says my favorite author, “with teeming boisterous life, and learns something from it, learns that the first rule of life is living.” After thirteen months in Madagascar, I will dare to call myself a biologist—one who has learned truly what it means to live.
At a workshop in South Africa, experts in two different fields open each other’s eyes to new ways of seeing data and the world it comes from.
A month ago, fresh from the intellectual stimulation of a scientific conference, I blogged about coevolving pathogens. Today, my hair is grown long and wild, my jeans threadbare, my shoes in tatters, and once more, I feel at a very far distance from that academic other-world in which I also live.
Studying bats in Madagascar, Cara Brook reflects on what the small things can tell us about the big picture.
The rain patters on outside my window, but there is something magical and mysterious about Madagascar that makes me as happy as I have ever been.
Cara Brook says her goodbyes to her Malagasy friends and colleagues and reflects on life between two polar opposites on Earth.
Cara Brook reflects on the amazing burdens and dynamics of life and death in Madagascar’s wilderness.
The long nights in Madagascar give Cara Brook time to reflect on how different her world is from the one she’s visiting and studying.
Springtime in Madagascar is only just beginning as fall blankets the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a busy, trying, unique and rewarding time to study pathogens in bats!
Cara Brook is a disease ecologist from the Andrew Dobson Lab at Princeton, studying diseases that can leap from bats to humans. In the course of her work, she has earned a Malagasy family, which sparks her curiosity for the origins of humanity on Madagascar.
Cara Brook is a disease ecologist from the Andrew Dobson Lab at Princeton, studying diseases that can leap from bats to humans. Here she explores the incredible Ankarana Preserve, as well as theories on species distribution and evolution.
A Young Explorer marvels at how wonderful it feels to be doing something meaningful—for science, for conservation, and for people, too.