I am proud to announce that I was recently appointed secretary for the Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon (ASA). ASA is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization started by Dr. Geoff Gallice and Johana Reyes Quinteros as way to promote sustainable agriculture in the Amazon Basin. ASA is based out of Puerto Maldonado, Peru - a region that is experiencing rapid agricultural and urban expansion following the construction of the Interoceanic Highway that links the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Brazil and Peru, respectively. Although the Interoceanic Highway is an important stimulus for economic growth, it has also facilitated the expansion of illegal activities such as gold mining and logging. The scars left from mining and logging are so great that they are visible from space.
As Amazonian countries vie for positions in the global economy, ASA's mission is to promote the sustainable use of natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity for the benefit of all who live in and depend upon the Amazon rainforest. ASA offers several ways that you can help conserve the Amazon including research, internships, and field courses.
Visit ASA's website to learn more!
Yale Climate Connections recently covered our Thermal Trouble in the Tropics article published in Science (http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6280/1392). I was quite nervous during the interview - I think I need brush up on my non-existent interview skills. Here's the link to Yale Climate Connection's website:
I got some practice climbing a Chrysophyllum cainito at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden this morning. On my descent from the canopy I made a small re-route and almost stepped in some poo! I suspect a raccoon is the culprit. As you can see in the picture, there is some scat carefully placed in this tree hole ~ 20m above the ground. I say carefully because, from the looks of the hole and its many old seeds, I bet this is a favorite latrine-site for some mischievous dumpster panda. Below, Jess and Rachel enthusiastically react to my discovery.
I'm happy to report that I've just received the O.K. from La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica to perform research there this summer! I'm very excited to get back into the field and back to Costa Rica - I feel especially lucky to spend time at La Selva because of all its tropical ecological history. Anyway, now for the securing permits...