March 20, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 14

After the Hurricanes Came: Revitalizing Research After a Natural Disaster


Looking for opportunities after a Puerto Rican research station was badly damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Ours is a resilient world; when hurricanes devastate landscapes, mere months afterward new growth appears. Also resilient are researchers; when hurricanes devastate research sites, scientists find ways to turn catastrophe into opportunity.

When Hurricanes Irma and Maria carved their destructive paths across the Caribbean, they left behind grieving communities without power, badly damaged homes and infrastructure and completely altered ecosystems. One of these was the El Yunque National Forest, on the northeastern side of Puerto Rico. Read more.