TO WHAT one may think, the adventures of an environmental
scientist are not always a stroll in the park.
Jordan Barr, a U.Va. graduate student in environmental
sciences, can attest to that. Instead, picture
working in hot, humid temperatures, surrounded
by hundreds of mosquitoes — right in the
middle of one of Florida’s mangrove swamps.
In spring 2003, that’s what Barr and his
colleagues did. They labored to erect a 30-meter
tower, and thanks to their toil and sweat, researchers
can now measure the role that mangroves play
in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Full