At Wayqecha several of our team are already in place, and we are holding a two-day course on plant traits (led by Sandra Diaz) which over thirty Peruvian students are attending. These students will be working closely with us over the next six months, and it is excellent that they are getting this broad scientific overview right at the start.
The field station is a fantastic flurry of activity and equipment preparation, as we iron out working patterns and who will work with who, test up equipment, assign students and general ramp up logistics. There are inevitable stresses and concerns: permits that are not yet ready, challenges with export, generators that need servicing and repair. What we are going to do is so ambitious in scale and involves so many moving parts.
Through all this activity, we sit perched on the edge of awe-inspiring and ever-shifting beauty, and the valley reminds us of of the mysteries we are exploring, and gradually, piece-by-piece, are beginning to understand.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University