The CHAMBASA field team has finally emerged from the last plot in our intensive ten plots transect for collection of tree and branch traits. This has been a stupendous effort in extremely challenging terrain, and the team have been almost continuously in the field since April (starting with what upon reflection seem like paradise-like days at the Wayqecha field station. The team has ranged from the Andean treeline, 3600 m above sea level, down to the Amazon lowlands at Tambopata, 200 m above sea level. Overall there were about 107 full days of active sampling, and 1005 branches (about 5000 leaves) were sampled for photosynthesis, spectra, chemistry (and many more for herbivory and chemistry). As will as the immense fieldwork effort, this campaign involved major challenges in terms of logistics and permits for import, collection and export. Congratulations to the whole CHAMBASA team for an amazing effort!
CHAMBASA is supported by grants from the Natural Environment Research Council and the European Research Council.
This is the the first (and largest) of the GEM-TRAITS campaigns across the tropics over the next few years. We have learnt a lot. Roll on Brazil, Ghana, Malaysia, Gabon and more...
Here is a photo of the CHAMBASA team at the end of six exhausting months.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University