Caribbean Voices – Oral History Project

Melody in El Yunque Rain Forest, Puerto Rico – 2018

Stories of ecological drought and other extreme weather events in the Caribbean are best told by the people who experienced them firsthand.  During the summer of 2018, I traveled to Puerto Rico with the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center and the U.S. Geological Survey to record the oral histories of resource managers attending a U.S. Caribbean drought workshop in San Juan.  Oral histories help us to capture and preserve valuable stories and the, knowledge of weather, plants, animals, ecosystems, natural and cultural resources. Historical narratives can serve as a tool, not only to learn about the past, but also to develop resiliency for the future. You can view the complete Droughts and Hurricanes in the U.S. Caribbean oral history series here.

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I am a former television news journalist and current part-time Duke University Graduate student (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies). Reading, writing and traveling bring joy to my life. My time in grad school has reaffirmed my belief that we are always learning and we are at our best when we are open to words and ideas. For a bit more: My favorite place in the world is Hawksnest Beach on the island of St. John, USVI. Some of my favorite reads include Caribbean, Song of Soloman, Tale of Two Cities, Pudd'n Head Wilson and Wide Sargasso Sea. I'm a native North Carolinian and graduate of N.C. State University

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