A number of students at the Ph.D., post-Masters and Master degree level have been involved with the research associated with this project. Amanda Sesser (Ph.D. student Tulane University) has been developing field projects at INPA reserve sites in collaboration with project Brazilian counterpart Dr. Niro Higuchi. A number of INPA students are also involved in this collaborative field work, including Giuliano Guimar„es (INPA Masters student), Liliane Teixeira (INPA post-Masters researcher), and Vilany Carneiro (INPA post-Masters researcher). Although these and other field activities are not directly supported by this project, these field work activities are important for developing a broader understanding of remote sensing and modeling investigations carried out in our project. For example, in one project with support from INPA and Tulane students, remote sensing investigations (using Hyperion data) on tree mortality intensity from blowdowns that occurred in 2005 are being quantified in the field, allowing field-tested mortality maps important for generating mortality distribution functions. These functions are currently being incorporated into the Ecosystem Demography model as one of the main goals of project CD-34. Another project with field work carried out in 2005, has quantified species composition in old blowdowns using spectral unmixing methods on Hyperion imagery, and this work has resulted in the following manuscript that will soon be submitted:
Chambers, J. Q., M. Sesser, V. Carneiro, M. L. Smith, L. Plourde, and N. Higuchi. (in prep). Hyperspectral remote detection of niche partitioning among canopy trees driven by blowdown gap disturbances in the Central Amazon. Ecology Letters.
Additionally, under the auspices of CD-34, a number of students at Tulane University and INPA participated in the Synthesis Leadership workshop held in New Orleans in June of 2006. As a direct outcome of workshop activities, both Ph.D. and post-doctoral researchers who have worked with the LBA for many years are co-authors on a review article that was proposed, accepted and submitted to Trends in Ecology and Evolution. This review article represents a major synthesis contribution. In the next performance year (2007), one more workshop will be held either in Manaus or New Orleans. Similar to the first workshop, student participation will be broadly supported. Another education and training activity that will be conducted in 2007, will be to support research trips by INPA students who have participated in LBA activities for many years, providing an opportunity to complete research manuscripts here at Tulane University. Students who have expressed interest in these research trips to Tulane include Edgard Tribuzy, Liliane Teixeira, Adriano Nogueiro, and Giuliano Guimar„es, all at INPA.