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No. 232
April 2004

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Undisturbed Amazonian Forests Are Changing

Ricardo Moreno is pictured with 'Bobby Comillos' the largest ocelot ever recorded in the wild in the Americas

A research team of U.S. and Brazilian scientists has shown that rainforests in central Amazonia are experiencing striking changes in dynamics and species composition. Although the cause of these changes — in what are believed to be completely undisturbed, old-growth forests — is uncertain, a leading explanation is that they are being driven by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide levels have risen by 30 percent in the last 200 years as a result of industrial emissions, automobiles, and rapid forest burning, especially in the tropics. Much of this increase has occurred since 1960. Plants use carbon dioxide from the air for photosynthesis.

"The changes in Amazonian forests really jump out at you," said Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute staff scientist William Laurance, lead author of an article in the 11 March 2004 issue of Nature. "It's a little scary to realize that seemingly pristine forests can change so quickly and dramatically." For the past two decades, the research team studied the fate of nearly 14,000 trees in the central Amazon, scattered across a landscape of 120 square miles in area. During the course of the study, most species of trees began growing faster. The forests also became more dynamic, with existing trees dying faster and being replaced by young new trees. Even more important is that the species composition of the forest is changing. "There clearly are winners and losers," said Alexandre Oliveira of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, another team member. "In general, large, fast-growing trees are winning at the expense of smaller trees that live in the forest understory."

Exploring the Edge of Africa

Exploring the Edge of Africa

At the edge of Africa in a little-known region of Gabon called the Gamba Complex, hippos play in pre-dawn ocean surf, lumbering forest elephants and forest buffaloes share the beach with leatherbacks, all three species of crocodiles found in Africa lurk in swampy habitats, shy gorillas forage deep in the rainforest, and leopards stalk their prey. Two of Gabon's recently established national parks are in the Complex, protecting a variety of habitats and thousands of plant and animal species. Near the parks, oil wells pump the economic lifeblood of this politically stable African nation, while local villagers meld traditional ways with new influences.

International and Gabonese scientists have formed a remarkable coalition in a first-ever attempt to document the biodiversity at the Gamba Complex. Under the direction of the National Zoological Park's Smithsonian Institution/Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program (SI/MAB), collaborating researchers from the Smithsonian and partner organizations have traversed the region for three years, revealing its biological and ecological secrets. Descriptions of species common and rare — and some new to science — contribute to the millions of pieces of data that are being sorted, verified, and published in a number of scientific publications and reports.

Ricardo Moreno is pictured with 'Bobby Comillos' the largest ocelot ever recorded in the wild in the Americas

The latest fruits of the project were recently unveiled, not in the form of an article in a scientific journal, but as a stunning, full-color photography book, The Edge of Africa, by Carlton Ward Jr. (Photographer), Michelle Lee, Francisco Dallmeier, Alfonso Alonso. The book brings to light many of the hidden treasures of the previously unexplored rain forest, and helps celebrate both the remarkable biodiversity of Gabon and the ongoing science investigation. The book's launching, and the opening of a supporting exhibition, marked the beginning of Gabon's national biodiversity week. Dallmeier, MAB's director, points to such success stories as the natural outcome of sharing the wonders of the world's biodiversity. For more information, visit <>.

Information Highway Hi-Lites

The artful Tigers in Crisis <> was produced by long-time journalist and conservationist Craig Kasnoff to educate people about tigers and the global factors threatening their survival as a species. The site provides information about the tiger crisis, their status in the wild, solutions, and more. Site visitors can also learn about three endangered tiger subspecies — Bengal, Siberian, and Sumatran — through information, photos, and videos. Additionally, this site provides visitors access to free endangered tiger photos and images for educational, non-profit, and personal use.

-from The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences
Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004.

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Li, J.Q., Jiang, M.X., Wang, H.C., and Tian, Y.Q. 2004. Rediscovery of Berchemiella wilsonii (Schneid.) Nakai (Rhamnaceae), an endangered species from Hubei, Chlina. Acta Phytotaxon. Sin. 42(1):86-88.

Li, Y.M. 2004. The effect of forest clear-cutting on habitat use in Sichuan snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) in Shennongjia Nature Reserve, China. Primates 45(1):69-72.

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