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Stories from the swamp

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PHOTO: Alison Hoyt collects water samples for analysis.

For graduate student Alison Hoyt, her last several summers have been spent researching the hydrology and carbon cycling of the peat swamp forests on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. More specifically, her CEE passions are centered on the study of the implications of draining and deforesting tropical peatlands as they are converted to oil palm and acacia plantations. “It’s certainly an intense experience to work in a forest where the ground surface is completely flooded,” Hoyt said. “It makes practical life tricky, but it’s also incredibly exciting. The skills I’ve gained in [CEE] are applicable to many other research questions.” Read the story. Watch the video.