In 2014, nature interrupted our research to take our breath away.

This unexpected experience hit Mike and Heather like a ton of bricks in their final hours living and doing research full-time on the island of Mo’orea in French Polynesia. It instills an important lesson: we are all in this together, but we need science to point us in the right direction to succeed. If we ignore science and the objective truths it offers, awe-inspiring lives like these (and human life) will suffer.