A long day's drive from Brasilia, through the vast landscapes of northern Goais in central Brazil, a landscape of fragments of cerrado savanna and forest in a matrix of cattle ranches and soya bean fields. Big skies, big rains and big cowboy hats. Then over the might River Araguaia into Mato Grosso, past extraordinary hills and cliffs lining a broad valley cleared for soya and cattle, but still carrying a vast scale of beauty. And finishing off in the small university town of Nova Xavantina, right on the transition between the Amazon rainforest and the cerrado savanna. It is this transition that we will be focusing our work on for the next six weeks (led by Imma Oliveras), hosted by Bia and Ben Hur Marimon of the State University of Mato Grosso.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University