Long Term Ecological Research
Catimbau National Park Site
Field Course of Ecology and Conservation of the Caatinga 2018
The Field Course of Ecology and Conservation of the Caatinga()(ECCA, in portuguese) has been increasing the capacity of communication and human resources in the areas of ecology and conservation. In 2018, the XI ECCA took place from May 6 to 20, in the Catimbau National Park. The course is promoted by the Post-Graduate Program in Plant Biology of the Federal University of Pernambuco (PPGBV-UFPE) and this year will be focused on "Restoration Ecology of the Caatinga".
Dynamics and objectives of XI ECCA
The dynamics of the course included lectures on various themes in ecology and biodiversity conservation, as well as the design, execution and exhibition of group projects with potential applications for forest restoration. Thus, the participants had the opportunity to train skills related to scientific practice (elaboration of hypotheses, definition of sampling / experimental design, data collection and oral and written communication), discussing concepts and implementing emerging ecological restoration practices applied to Dry Forests as the Caatinga.
The Caatinga has already had six editions of a Field Course, assisting in the training of more than 60 students from several universities, whose work is included in four books already published with the results of the projects developed in the courses (the fifth and sixth books are in final preparation phase).
During the course, some pilot activities were also carried out for the Caatinga restoration project that will be carried out in the Catimbau National Park. The project, which is a partnership between Professors Felipe Melo (UFPE) and Professor Gislene Ganade (UFRN), also has the collaboration of professors Marcelo Tabarelli and Inara Leal, and aims at the application of recent scientific findings of the ecology group of Natal -RN on techniques to increase the survival of transplanted plants to restoration areas in the Caatinga.
The activities also had the participation of Professor Geraldo Wilson Fernandes (UFMG), invited professor of the course, collaborator Pieter Vranckx and the students participating in the course. It was an excellent opportunity for students to have the experience of participating in the application of the techniques and discussing this approach.
For more information, visit the research group site of Professor Gislene Ganade.
Field Course of Ecology and Conservation of the Caatinga 2017
Field courses in ecology and conservation are a tool adopted for many years throughout the world as they are recognized as the best way to train ecologists, conservation biologists and natural resource managers 'in loco'. Some of the most recognized are offered by the Organization for Tropical Studies - OTS in Costa Rica and Peru (http://www.ots.ac.cr/). These courses consist of intensive training of students in concepts and tools of ecology and conservation of biodiversity. In Brazil, some of these courses are already consolidated and have existed for almost 20 years, as is the case of the Amazon Forest Ecology course (https://sites.google.com/site/ecologiadaflorestamazonica/home) offered by the National Institute of Amazonia-INPA. Others, such as the Pantanal Ecology field course, have been offered uninterruptedly for more than 10 years (http://www.dbi.ufms.br/ecopan/index.htm).
The Caatinga has already had six field course editions organized by the Department of Botany of the Federal University of Pernambuco - UFPE, assisting in the training of more than 60 students from several universities, whose work is included in four books already published with the results of the projects Developed in the courses (the fifth and sixth books are in final preparation phase).
Provide the student with the ability to identify issues, formulate hypotheses, develop methodologies and execute ecology projects in the Caatinga ecosystem. Provide a theoretical framework and practical experience in the analysis of spatial distribution, demography and population dynamics, as well as interactions among species, structure and function of communities. Also, offer training in tools and concepts of conservation biology such as: conservation status of biological diversity, ecosystem functioning and main threats to the Caatinga ecosystem.
More details at:
1st CNPq-DFG Brazil-Germany Workshop presentations
Leonor Álvarez Cansino - Drought vulnerability and Caatinga forest community changes driven by anthropogenic disturbance.Determining traits for drought resistance across precipitation and land use gradients.
Marcelo Tabarelli - The Caatinga Vegetation:ecology and conservation.
Wolfram Beyschlag - Why do Plants coexist?