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Educational Materials

2003  

  • Booklets: "Rainforest Ecology and Sustainable Use of Tropical Forests"

    A series of booklets is being produced in collaboration with educators of elementary and middle schools in the Manaus region involving participation of middle school students.

Formal Training

2004  

    Brazilian postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, or interns received training in 2004 under the supervision of this science team:

  • Henrique Nascimento
    Post-doctoral fellow. He completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr William Laurance. His research focused on the Assessment of edge-and fragmentation-related changes in tree communities in central Amazonia.

  • José Camargo
    He studies edge- and fragmentation-related changes in tree communities in central Amazonia, under the supervision of Dr William Laurance.

  • Eduardo Venticinque and Marina Fonseca
    They have co-supervised the GIS/remote sensing laboratory at the BDFFP in Manaus, under the supervision of Rita Mesquita.

  • Carlos Ritti
    He completed his Ph.D. on The effects of selective logging on forest carbon storage near Itacoatiara in the central Amazon under the supervision of Dr. William Laurance. This study assessed biomass losses in forests subjected to reduced-impact logging.

  • Juliana Stropp Carneiro
    Masters student at Inpa working under the supervision of Dr. Eduardo Venticinque. She has been mapping the distribution of canopy trees using GIS and high-resolution remote sensing imagery (Quickbird)at the Madeira Mil site in Itacoatiara, Amazonas.

  • Felipe de Araújo Sobrinho
    Intern supervised by Marcelo Moreira. He has been studying the distribution of canopy gaps in primary forests in central Amazonia, using Quickbird imagery.

  • Taise Farias Pinheiro
    Intern at Inpa. She works under the supervision of Dr. Marina Fonseca using Quickbird imagery to assess the relationship between the number and biomass of trees encountered in field studies of the BDFFP’s permanent plot network and the number and biomass of trees detected by satellite imagery.

  • Fernando Gomes Ferreira
    He created a spectral library for selected tree species using Quickbird imagery.

  • Marina Antongiovanni
    She coordinated the GIS/remote sensing laboratory at the BDFFP in Manaus, under the supervision of Dr Regina Luizão.

  • Internship and Exchange Programs

    2004  

    • Mellon-Postdoctoral Fellows at STRI in Panama

      Drs Susan Laurance and Stephanie Bohlman (both Mellon-postdoctoral fellows) and Dr Robert Ewers, a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), conducted "Analyses of Floristic Change and Biomass in Fragmented and Continuous Forests of the BDFFP Study Area", while based in the laboratory of Dr William Laurance at STRI in Panama.

    Local Community / Government Outreach

    2001  

    • Short course for Amazonian decision-makers

      It was a four-day intensive course designed for those whose jobs have a direct impact on the natural resources in the Amazon. It was held in Silves and Itacoatiara, Amazonian cities where development projects on eco-tourism and sustainable forestry are under way.

      Twenty professionals, representing governmental and non-governmental agencies from Amazonas, Pará, Acre, Roraima and Brasília, attended the course, in May 2001.

    • Dissemination of research findings to Brazilian and international public is a high priority for this science team. As a result of these efforts, in 2000 this team was awarded the prestigious Ford International Conservation Award for research on the dynamics of forest fragments conducted in collaboration with the "Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP) at The Smithonian Tropical Research Institute

    • Outreach activities has been achieved by:

      • many popular and semi-technical publications such as Laurence and Delamonica, 1998; Mesquita 1999; Williamson et al. 1999b; Laurence and Vasconcelos 2000; Delamonica et al. 2001; Laurence 2001c; Fernside at al., in press; Laurence et al.,in press Monaco et al., in press;
      • public seminars and guest lectures at many venues in Brazil;
      • frequent interviews with Brazilian and international newspapers, radio, and TV news programs;
      • invited testimony before the Brazilian Congress and state political bodies on the conservation and management of amazonian forests.

    Short Courses / Seminars / Workshops / Conferences

    2000  

    • Forest Fragmentation in the Amazonian Landscape

      This three-week course was taught to 20 undergraduate students from Amazonian universities. It focused on the causes and impacts of habitat destruction in the Amazon.

    2001  

    • Enhancing Comparative Research Opportunities for Young Scientists in Tropical and Subtropical Plant Ecology

      Course offered to young scientists as part of an exchange program for research on tropical and subtropical ecosystems, in collaboration with Mellon Foundation. It was held at Inpa, Manaus, in September 2001.

    • Ecology of the Amazonian Forest

      This month-long field-course provided advanced training in ecology, field biology, and conservation science for graduate students from Latin America and the U.S. The course had 25 participants from five countries. It was held at Inpa, Manaus, August-September 2001.

    Theses and Dissertations

    2004  

    • The effects of selective logging on forest carbon storage near Itacoatiara in the central Amazon

      Doctoral dissertation completed by Carlos Ritti under the supervision of Dr. William Laurance. This study assessed biomass losses in forests subjected to reduced-impact logging.


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