I often hear someone lament that the era of great adventures is over: “I was born too late.” In terms of finding new lands, agreed; but in terms of finding new intellectual adventures, this is dead wrong. For discovery of new biological and ecological understanding, we live in the most adventurous time ever. Our field expeditions are often conducted much like those of 100 years ago, but this expedition research ends up producing compounds that can be identified only through the use of today’s most cutting-edge technology.
In Fiji, one sees clearly that human health and the environment are linked. We have experienced ciguatera poisoning from being served fish that fed on the toxic dinoflagellates that produce this poison, and we have experienced the considerable discomfort of dengue fever (called bone-break fever for how it makes you feel), which is spread by mosquitoes under certain environmental conditions.