The Woods Hole Research Center conducts major field experiments in the transitional forest on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, at the Fazenda Tanguro, a private soy ranch in eastern Mato Grosso state in Brazil. There, Center researchers and collaborators are studying how fire, land use change, and deforestation affect the vigor, health, biodiversity, and animal habitat in these forests. Through this work, scientists are learning how to predict the impacts of current trends in land use and climate change, and how those impacts are altering forests throughout the southern Amazon.
A supporting grant awarded to the Woods Hole Research Center from the National Science Foundation sent two high school teachers from Falmouth, Massachusetts, to the ranch for two weeks in August 2009.
This summer, I will be traveling to Brazil in conjunction with WHRC. Follow my adventures here…