Hurricane Patricia descending on Chamela

Early in 2014 I spent several wonderful weeks at the Chamela field station of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, along the coast of Jalisco just SE of Puerto Vallarta.  The habitat is a rich tropical deciduous forest, open and dry in some seasons, wet and green in others.  The field station is excellent, well run, with good infrastructure.  And now, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere is projected to hit the coast of Jalisco directly at Chamela.  The good news is that the station is a kilometre or so away from the coast, and on a hill.  But I imagine that there will be considerable damage, at least to the forest.  I hope the people and their ongoing long-term studies will be OK.


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