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Field Course 2008

The first annual Amazon-PIRE field course took place in the Tapajós National Forest, south of Santarém, Pará, Brazil from July 12-24, 2008. Ten U.S. and thirteen Brazilian students and seven U.S. and three Brazilian faculty participated in an intensively hands-on field course, exploring the effects of water availability, land-use change, and diurnal cycles on tropical ecosystem functioning and biogeochemistry.

After the first lectures, community building, and forest inventory exercises, the students formed six groups to collaboratively tackle specific research questions.

On the final day, when the students presented their work, the faculty was impressed that collaborative projects involving students from both countries not only produced an excellent set of initial data, but also generated a deep understanding of and respect for each student's place of origin.