biodiversity

I Know That I Know Nothing: Reflections on Hunting and Conservation in the Amazon

The forest was pitch black, its darkness amplified by the night. All I could see was a dense rainforest lit by a flickering flashlight held in one hand by Foca, an Indigenous man from a local community, while he paddled the canoe with the other hand. It was June and the water level was at … Read more

A Treeless Forest

Collapsing to the floor and rattling the earth, an ancient, 50-meter tree now lays on its side below the intense tropical sun. The residual hole in the canopy instantly exposes the once-shaded understory, and the race is on. A seed from the massive kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra) germinates almost immediately and springs into action, shooting … Read more

ACEER at the Global Biodiversity Festival 2021

This year’s Global Biodiversity Festival ran from May 20th to May 23rd, encompassing the United Nations’ International Day for Biological Diversity. The nonprofit festival, opened by E.O. Wilson, and running for 72 hours straight, brought together over 150 speakers from around the world (scientists, explorers, conservationists, policy makers, filmmakers, economists) to celebrate our planet’s vast … Read more

Start from your backyard

I’ve always been influenced by my peers’ interests and my lecturers’ adventures since I began my studies in conservation. I thought that to become a successful conservationist I needed to travel to tropical jungles and remote seas and work with flagship species such as large cats and venomous snakes. Driven by that thought, I left … Read more

Can We Learn From Our Mistakes? A Tale of Two Forests

I was immersed in half-empty forest fragments, surrounded by concrete or pastures, for most of my life. The once-thriving Atlantic Forest along Brazil’s coast was burned and razed over centuries of development, leaving behind mostly small and degraded patches of forest that account for less than 30% of its original extent. However, an incredible amount … Read more