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Riley Fortier

Conservation Fellow

ACEER Member since:  2021

Professional Affiliation: University of Miami

"Conservation is ensuring that our natural resources can be enjoyed multiple generations into the future."


Riley is a plant biologist interested in the ecology and succession of tropical forests. His love for the tropics flourished in Costa Rica and Panama where he worked as an environmental educator and participated in various botanical research projects. He has also helped lead tropical ecology and conservation field courses in Peru, where he fell in love with the Amazon in particular. Now, Riley is a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami and plans to conduct research in the Peruvian Amazon. Aside from his research, Riley is an avid photographer and wants to help build a connection between people and plants through photography.

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July 7, 2021
Collapsing to the floor and rattling the earth, an ancient, 50-meter tree now lays on its side below the intense tropical...