oa CSIR Science Scope - Toiling in pursuit of top research data
You probably have to be a bit of a tomboy to survive in this field. Dr Caren Jarmain's field trips have taken her from the Kruger to the Cape. Her mission : researching the evapotranspiration of vegetation canopies - finding out how much water a defined area of vegetation uses. This has taken her to some of the most scenic places in our country, but it has also resulted in close encounters with snakes, spiders, buffaloes and she recently contracted tick fever when working in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Her determination to carry as much gear as her male colleagues on a field trip has earned her the reputation of being somewhat of a tomboy, which her husband has assured her, is a compliment.
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