The Brain Scoop:
This Saturday, Tom and I hop on a plane for Miami, on another to Lima, then Iquitos, and take a half-day boat ride to Requena before we helicopter into a biologically undocumented region of the Peruvian jungle.
Am I prepared? No way. Excited? Absolutely.
For the last 15 years The Field Museum’s conservation team, The Action Center, has been conducting rapid inventory assessments all over the world. Essentially, leading experts in their respective fields of botany, anthropology, geology, and zoology are brought together for a period of about four weeks to conduct surveys of specific and previously unrecorded areas of wilderness. The reason for these expeditions is to gain a stronger understanding of the biodiversity of the area: once we know what exists in a region, the case can be made to governing bodies to set aside that land as a national park. This makes it easier to enforce laws against the illegal logging and mining industries that are depleting the forest of its natural resources, often times exploiting local people and communities simultaneously.
I had zero idea that this was the kind of work the scientists at The Field Museum were responsible for conducting before I started working here. We want to change that.
We’ll return around the first week of November provided I’m not put out by malaria or gastrointestinal parasites, but in the meantime you can follow our Facebook group for periodic updates from the field. This is the first time we’ve been able to commandeer social media for such a cause: there’s a very high chance we’ll be discovering new species and expanding the ranges of known flora and fauna. Seriously, what is more exciting!?
It will be exciting to follow this expedition!