VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
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.
Young Explorer Cara Brook takes up residence in Madagascar’s capital city right after the nation holds its first elections since the 2009 political coup.