1. The Brazilian coPIs of the project continue to supervise CNPq LBA bolsistas. The PI will work with the coPIs to engage the bolsistas in the synthesis activities described in this proposal.
2. To further advance the development of young Brazilian scientists interested in modeling, the PI will participate in the modeling short course offered by Dr. Marcos Costa at his university (Universidade Federal de Višosa) and various Amazonian institutions that host his traveling short course. The short course is designed to teach introductory modeling approaches to Brazilian students using the Stella modeling framework, but does not, as yet, include a nutrient cycling example. A simplified version of the nutrient cycling model described here will be converted to Stella and presented in the course as a nutrient cycling modeling exercise.
3. The PI is working with Dr. Cleber Salimon and Ms. Silvia Bahri to write a booklet in Portuguese on the role of secondary forest vegetation in the Amazon Basin, directed to students at the level of introductory environmental studies. The objective of this outreach effort is to provide educational materials about the ecological and biogeochemical functions of forests.