STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Unearthing Adventures


Barbara McBreen


Nate Looker was on his way to his research station in the cloud forest above Guatemala City when the rainy season arrived early. The excess rains washed away the road forcing the VW pickup carrying Looker and two fellow researchers toward a ravine of mud. Fortunately they saved themselves and the vehicle, but the only road to his data station was left impassable. Undeterred, Looker, a senior in global resource systems, returned to Guatemala City to remap his research strategy. Last spring Looker spent the semester studying the echogyrology of Guatemala. He can talk for hours about the discoveries he made during his internship experience. Along with a rich understanding of the culture and ecosystems, he unearthed a few adventures.