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The Brain Scoop:
Into Peru

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!

upnotout asked:

What is your process on coming up with episode topics and deciding what to write/film/release?

thebrainscoop:

Various scenarios and conversations between me and Tom regarding our production schedule:

"dude it’s Audubon’s birthday next week, let’s do an episode” 
"hey Shark Week sucks, let’s do something about that
"it’s mother’s day next week, let’s talk about breast feeding
curator of mammals: “you guys wanna hear about my naked mole rat research” 
conservation team: “yo Brain Scoop team, let’s go to Peru” 
curator of meteoritics: “‘sup, I got these super rare meteorites that are billions of years old and we’re like the only Museum this side of the planet with anything like this” 
anna goldman: “come check out this calf in my lab, it’s got two faces” 
geologists: “you wanna come to Wyoming and be part of a team that is the first to set eyes on 52-million year old fossil fish?” 

most of these conversations happen over happy hour beer. True story. 

That’s the way to do research! What happens apres the happy hour strategic planning phase? How long does it take to get from terrific and optimistically feasible idea to YouTube post?

the-f-stops-here:

I never thought I would see a red-eyed tree frog in the wild! This was truly one of those rare moments where I was fully WITH the frog and not thinking about anything else. Grinning ear to ear too. Challenging to shoot as it was, obviously, nighttime. I used my iPhone flashlight for lighting and took the photo with my meagre excuse for a telephoto at 229 mm.

I can just imagine you grinning, holding your iPhone and trying to shoot this! Makes me smile just thinking about it! What a great experience to see one in the wild.
Zoom Info
Camera
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
ISO
1600
Aperture
f/5.6
Exposure
1/40th
Focal Length
229mm

the-f-stops-here:

I never thought I would see a red-eyed tree frog in the wild! This was truly one of those rare moments where I was fully WITH the frog and not thinking about anything else. Grinning ear to ear too. Challenging to shoot as it was, obviously, nighttime. I used my iPhone flashlight for lighting and took the photo with my meagre excuse for a telephoto at 229 mm.

I can just imagine you grinning, holding your iPhone and trying to shoot this! Makes me smile just thinking about it! What a great experience to see one in the wild.

the-f-stops-here:

Joy
Terra, channelling her inner Border Collie. One of the many things I loved about her is her constant personification of “Joie De Vivre” in everything she did. This one’s bittersweet for me, since she is dead. 

I love this shot! The motion, the snowy head, the energy is palpable. It really does express joie de vivre so well.
Zoom Info
Camera
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
ISO
400
Aperture
f/11
Exposure
1/1250th
Focal Length
55mm

the-f-stops-here:

Joy

Terra, channelling her inner Border Collie. One of the many things I loved about her is her constant personification of “Joie De Vivre” in everything she did. This one’s bittersweet for me, since she is dead. 

I love this shot! The motion, the snowy head, the energy is palpable. It really does express joie de vivre so well.

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