Doing our field work in the heart of the rainforest.

<img This afternoon we had the amazing opportunity to learn the TEAM protocol for measuring vegetation cover in a tropical rainforest. The amazing Johanna, TEAM site manager for La Selva, taught us how to map out the plot (a 10 meter by 10 meter) and identify tree location with a compass reading.
Johanna teaching vege protocol
We then got to work on our individual research project, which is comparing the vegetation, and therefore carbon sequestration, in old-growth versus secondary forest. We set up our own plot in the old growth forest, then picked a spot in a forest that had been cleared 15 years ago. Here’s our team hard at work on our project.

Vegetation project

Jordan Ferris getting ready to measure!

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