Denis Drouin’s Diary
Climate Change, Canopies and Wildlife in the Ecuadorian Andes

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March 19, 2009: Selected!

"Congratulations! You have been selected to be a 2009 Alcoa Earthwatch Fellow." This is the first line of the most anticipated e-mail I've ever received, and it came just three days before World Water Day.  I will be in Ecuador on a scientific project to help stop climate change due to human activities. My commitment to this project will be 100% -- I've already made up my mind. I am shouting and waving my arms:  “I’m going to Ecuador! I’m going to Ecuador!” My office neighbor looks at me as if I'm an alien, then asks: Are you going crazy? No, I say, but I was so excited that I must have looked like it. I explain the cause of my excitement. Then I walk quickly (and safely) to my boss's office to thank him, because I am sure he'd had to say “yes” to somebody earlier in the process. Second, I make a phone call to Ricardo Montiel, my Icelandic friend and 2008 Earthwatch fellow, who had encouraged me to apply for the program. “Takk ferrir” Ricardo!

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