Back in the cool high elevations of Wayqecha late last night. We get up early to get to the field for a long day of data collection.
Things are buzzing in the Wayqecha plot and the field lab - a constant stream of branches and leaves being sampled, scanned and weighed.
Then a few of us journey up to the Acjanaco plot, a new plot at tree line installed just a few months ago, and, at 3500 m, the highest plot in our global network. It is a surprisingly gorgeous forest: full of tall trees clad in thick sphagnum mosses, steep gullies and cliffs. The canopy is rather open, allowing great views over the valleys and billowing clouds. Again the quality of the team's plot installation is exceptional. I real can just point to a place on a map and say “I'd like a plot there” and this team will deliver.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University