Last morning in the field for me, though the team of course will now be continuing for six more months. As well as checking over the data collection I take the morning doing video interviews of the work. This was something I arranged just before coming with a film producer commissioned by our funder, NERC. But I really get into the role, and by the end of the morning collect a huge amount of valuable and sometimes hilarious footage. I think we make more of this, and I will try and make a film documenting the project in advance of the August meeting.
In the afternoon we drive back to Cusco via a stop in Pisac to investigate the venue for our August meeting. The landscape is stunningly beautiful in the low, clear late afternoon light, a tapestry of terraces and breathtaking slopes, quite green because the rainy season has only just ended.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University