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[ARTICLE] Are larger forest fragments better for birds?

Dr. David Luther, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, recently joined the Amazon Biodiversity Center's BDFFP as a senior scientist. The journal Global Ecology and Conservation published in their September 2020 issue a journal article by BDFFP scientists, including Dr. Luther as lead author, entitled "Tropical forest fragmentation and isolation: Is community decay a random process?" The scientists reviewed more than 40 years of data on bird populations in forest fragments at the BDFFP's research reserve. Their conclusion is that "the species in the 10ha fragments were a nested subset of the species in the 100ha fragments", rather than a random set of species. This directio

[VIDEO] Exploring what's left of Brazil's Amazon rainforest

Did you know that the Amazon rainforest provides moisture to every country in South America except for Chile? Filmmaker Matthew Abeler produced this fantastic film about his trip to the Amazon Biodiversity Center's conservation biology research station in the Amazon rainforest, the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, and what he learned from ABC founder, Dr. Thomas Lovejoy. Also some still images from his trip:

New tree species discovered in BDFFP reserve

The journal Phytotaxa published an article written by lead author Caroline Vasconcelos, a Ph.D. student at our Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragmentation Project (BDFFP), describing her discovery of a new species of tree, Pouteria kossmanniae in the Sapotaceae family. The tree grows in South America, and produces a small, edible fruit. Vasconcelos has found examples of the tree both in the BDFFP forest fragment study areas as well as in Manaus, the closest city to the reserve. Up until now, the tree was mistaken for another species in the same genus. Unfortunately, due in part to deforestation, and in part because individuals of this species have yet to be identified, it is already list

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