Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
I was conducting field work on Mt. Wai'ale'ale (one of the wettest spots on earth) with officials from the State of Hawai'i. It was horizontal rain, the soles came off my shoes and my feet were soaked and I was freezing. We had been looking for one of the species that I study for about a week with no success. It was critical to get samples from this site because it is habitat from which this species was first described. Thinking that the whole trip was a bust were about to turn around. Just then, the clouds parted and there were the trees we needed.