Back from Cape Horn!

Sorry for no updates for a while - several new publications will come in a flurry of a few posts as I get time (really good month for that!). But, the lack of posts is due to the long, long time spent in southern Chile with National Geographic.

The trip to Cape Horn, to study forests and ecosystems at the end of the world, was amazing. Beautiful, windswept, austere, wind scoured, green and almost tropical, and wind blasted. It’s a windy place. Wind seems to shape everything we saw, from the distribution of cushion plants to tree structure to animal life. Storms blow in and out in 15 minutes - including snow, sun, rain, sleet, and mist.

It’s a wild place. 5m seas in a small boat, grumpy penguins (I got bit by one!), and difficult walking made movement exhausting - sometimes an hour to go a 1/4 mile. But we got it done - several new research plots, temperature loggers installed, stress measured, and more. Looking forward to a successful series of studies at the edge of the world!

Andres Holz (PSU) is collaborating, and endured all of this as well! Also, thanks to Craig Welch, Ian Teh, John Harley, Enzo Fermani, Ricardo Rozzi, Ivan Diaz, and many more for their work.

For some more pictures, check out Instagram: