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Caroline Van Hemert

Caroline Van Hemert currently works as a wildlife biologist, and recently received her MA in creative writing. Much of her time is spent pursuing field studies across Alaska, Botswana, and other remote parts of the globe—chasing birds, charging through brush, and attempting to make sense of the data that result.


I’ve been thinking about mathematics lately, wondering if equations can explain the patterns I see around me. Flying over the western border of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a 1974 Cessna, I stare down at the landscape from above.…