Amazon Forest Inventory Network

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Mato Grosso, Brazil

  • November - November 2013
Mato Grosso, Brazil

Adriane Esquivel Muelbert (University of Leeds) helped the team led by  Beatriz Schwantes Marimon and Ben Hur Marimon Junior to install two new permanent forest plots and recensus a 14-year old plot in a transition region between the Amazon forest and the Brazilian savannah (Cerrado) in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Other three students from Universidade do Estado do Mato Grosso (UNEMAT) – Edmar Almeida de Oliveira, Fernando Elias da Silva and Paulo Sérgio Morandi – joined this field campaign. These plots are important to understand what is happening in the borders of the Amazon testing, for instance, the hypothesis of a recent migration of the forest into the Cerrado. Paulo S. Morandi, one of the members of the team is addressing these issues on his PhD supervised by Beatriz S. Marimon. In last century deforestation has drastically changed the landscape of this region and the pressure for the expansion of the agribusiness over the forest and Cerrado still a big problem in the borders of the Brazilian Amazon. There is urgency to understand these ecosystems and the team coordinated by Beatriz Schwantes Marimon and Ben Hur Marimon Junior in collaboration with RAINFOR since 2008 has installed over 30 long-term plots to help to address this issue.

 

Team (photo: Adriane Esquivel Muelbert  2013)  Cerrado (photo: Adriane Esquivel Muelbert  2013)