This photo of Anna Harper was taken on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.
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Courtesy of Chris Harper
Growing up, I used to spend weekends at my grandmother's house in the north Georgia mountains. I loved exploring the woody hillsides and creek near her house. Those hikes sparked my interest in earth science because I was very interested in how and why everything in the woods were the way they were.
Now I study how the atmosphere and vegetation interact with each other in the Amazon rainforest to affect large-scale precipitation patterns. I use computer models to study these interactions. This November, I will be going to a conference in Brazil to present my results, and I will hopefully visit some observational towers in the rainforest. Did you know that in some parts of the rainforest, there are up to 6 months with very little rainfall? I find it fascinating that even in dry conditions, the forest thrives and supports thousands of species of plants and animals. Because of this amazing biodiversity, I think it's very important to know as much as we can about how the forest functions.
In my free time, my husband and I love to hike and bike through the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
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