Palau, an island nation of 20,000 people in the western Pacific, is on a collision course with modernization. As a Western way of life takes hold in this archipelago, a modern ailment is taking hold with it. Christopher Kitalong has a foot in both worlds. He grew up in Palau and is getting a degree in ethnobotany in the U.S. He thinks a nondescript native tree may hold the answer to Palau’s epidemic, and Kitalong is determined to ask the right questions.
The One Species at a Time podcast series is supported by the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.