Cana­dian Mu­seum of Na­ture pa­le­o­bi­ol­o­gist who found ev­i­dence that camels once lived in the High Arc­tic; dis­cov­ered Pui­jila dar­wini, a prehistori­c rel­a­tive of the seal.

Canadian Geographic - - EXPLORING CARTOGRAPH­Y - —As told to A.P.

In 1994, when I was still an un­der­grad, pa­le­o­bi­ol­o­gist Richard Har­ing­ton in­vited me to go on an ex­pe­di­tion to the High Arc­tic, and that truly changed ev­ery­thing for me. I’ve also worked in Bo­livia, Egypt and the bad­lands of Alberta, but those places just re­in­forced in my mind the im­por­tance of the Arc­tic. Field­work there is all about deal­ing with the un­ex­pected: the an­i­mals that wan­der into camp, the gear that blows away, the jour­nal that gets lost. Psy­cho­log­i­cally it can be very hard, but it gets into your blood.

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