What Is It Like To Do Field Research In Madagascar?

photo by Lee Nesler, LCF Executive Director and CEO
photo by Lee Nesler, LCF Executive Director & CEO

Read Cara Brooks National Geographic article about her experience conducting field research in Madagascar ‘Until Next Time, Madagascar’

‘Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the impact of human land development on biodiversity and how it could potentially spread infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to people. Cara will focus on bubonic plague in small mammals and henipaviruses and lyssaviruses (two strains of viruses) in bats. 

Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Photo by Lee Nesler
Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Photo by Lee Nesler

It’s the eve of my departure back to America-land, and the feeling is bittersweet as I reflect on my last three months in Madagascar. I’m a different person from the girl who wrote to you last May aboard an airplane over South Africa—undecided about her purpose and project, uncertain of her collaborators, unsure of whether she could succeed at being a scientist amidst this developing world chaos. Coincidentally, I return to Princeton almost three years to the day from that fateful September when I first set foot on the Eighth Continent—they say, after all, that those who drink the water from the Manangareza River always find their way back to Madagascar.’  CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

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