Waiting for the sun to rise over the mountains on the Big Island of Hawaii, botany graduate student Gerry Cobian readies for his day's work, collecting plant leaves. When he gets the samples back to the lab, at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in Honolulu, he'll study the fungi that live inside those leaves, investigating their diversity and community dynamics. Now though, in the forest, he soaks in the peaceful beauty. “It's amazing,” he says. “You couldn't ask for a better place to be alone.” (Keep reading at Science.)
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