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Forest Fires, the Pandemic, and PB Research

The year 2020 has brought global hardships on multiple fronts, including a complete halt and re-evaluation of fieldwork for field scientists. This includes many of the PB graduate students, who have worked hard to rethink and redesign their research in these times. For some collaborators and at some field sites, particularly in Central and South America, the pain of the pandemic has been coupled with the very real ramifications of climate change. This is especially true for the researchers at la Estación de Biológica Corrientes (EBCo), established in 1975, who have been fighting forest fires since late August. The surrounding San Cayetano State Park has experienced a staggering loss of 90% of its forest, and 50% of its howler monkey groups have died or are unaccounted for. Carson Black (MS '21) was scheduled to join the EBCo research staff in Argentina before the COVID pandemic struck but has had to since rethink her thesis data collection. Black recently spoke to The Scientist about the fires at EBCo: “We heard so much about Australia burning last year and the Amazon, and I feel like a lot of people don’t realize that other places are at risk. It’s extremely disheartening, but I just hope that . . . we can get the word out that we’ve got to make a change, or we’re going to lose a lot more than what we’ve lost in Argentina.”

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