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Expedition Report: Susan Perkins in Saba

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The American Museum of Natural History has approximately 200 working scientists who undertake more than 100 expeditions a year, doing original research and expanding the Museum’s world-class collection of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts. The Expeditions Report podcast series offers an insider’s look at what it’s like to live and work in the field. Academic pursuits combine with adventure—whether racing against the cold in Antarctica, scouting reclusive snakes in Madagascar, or keeping one step ahead of the chainsaws in the rainforest.

In this episode, Associate Curator Susan Perkins describes her long-term study of malarial parasites and their host lizard, work that draws her back again and again to Saba Island—a relatively unspoiled paradise in the Caribbean.

Dr. Perkins is a microbiologist who studies malarial parasites, symbiotic bacteria, and even RNA viruses. Her research includes multiple ways of approaching questions about these microbes, from their evolutionary histories to their genomics.



Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (13 mins, 16 MB)

Read more about Dr. Perkins's work in this blog post, or watch the following video: