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Guyana

  • March - April 2012
Guyana

In March-April 2012 Ted Feldpausch and Nikée Groot led a fieldtrip, in cooperation with the Guyana Forestry Commission and the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, to the interior of Guyana for the remeasurement of 12 one ha permanent sample plots. The work was supported by an “urgency” grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and NERC-funded AMAZONICA. These plots had been remeasured and added to the RAINFOR network in 2010 by a team led by Roel Brienen and Abel Monteagudo. The 2012 recensus should help establish to what extent the 2010 drought affected the white sand, brown sand and mixed forests in Mabura Hill, Pibiri and Iwokrama. Included in the team was Martijn van Berlo, an MSc student of the University of Utrecht, who is currently doing his thesis on the phylogeography of Eperua falcata and Eperua grandiflora across the Guianas, by collecting DNA samples and GPS coordinates.