At São Luis do Paraitinga, Brazil, on the edge of the Serra do Mar State Park, a girdle of lush Atlantic rainforest on mountains overlooking the coast. We are here for the launch of the ECOFOR project, a NERC and FAPESP-funded project that looks at ecosystem function and biodiversity along disturbance gradients ranging from old-growth forest through logged, burned and recovering forests. The forests here are shorted and more open than many Amazonian forests, but lush and full of bamboos and epiphytes. A great team of Brazilian and UK scientists.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University