Field Notes Blog

Life After the Fall: Teachers Explore Tropical Forest Canopy Gaps

November 17, 2023

Field Report: 2023 Impact of Tropical Forest Canopy Gaps on Biodiversity and Growth Date: July 12 – 19, 2023Location: Napo-Sucusari Biological Reserve, Loreto PeruStudy Site: The Napo-Sucusari Biological Reserve / The Amazon Conservatory for Tropical Studies (ACTS)Lead Researchers: Dr. Rob Naczi and Dr. Lindsey SwierkTeam Members: Kathy Hockman*,…

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Lizards on the Edge: Teachers Investigate Predation Risk

November 9, 2023

Field Report: 2023 Lizard Predation Risk in Amazon Forest Canopies Date: July 12 – 19, 2023Location: Explorama’s Napo-Sucusari Biological Reserve, Loreto PeruStudy Site: The Amazon Conservatory for Tropical Studies (ACTS) Canopy Walkway. Forest floor trail and canopy walkway. Lead Researcher: Dr. Lindsey Swierk Team Members: Dawn Porta, Kathy…

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Teachers as Researchers: Heliconia Survey

November 3, 2023

Amazon Research Initiative for Educators Field Report: 2023 Heliconia & Herbivory Survey Date: July 12 – 19, 2023Location: Explorama’s Napo-Sucusari Biological Reserve, Loreto PeruStudy Sites: The Amazon Conservatory for Tropical Studies (ACTS) Quebrada Grande river trail. Rio Napo riverbank.Lead Researcher: Dr. Robert NacziTeam Members: Madelyn Beitler*, Marissa Copan,…

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Teachers Survey Orchid Bees in the Amazon

October 27, 2023

Amazon Research Initiative for Educators Field Report: 2023 Orchid Bee Survey Date: July 12 – 19, 2023Location: Explorama’s Napo-Sucusari Biological Reserve, Loreto PeruStudy Site: The Amazon Conservatory for Tropical Studies (ACTS) Canopy Walkway. Platform #2. Forest floor and canopy.Lead Researcher: Dr. Robert NacziTeam Members: Maddie Beitler, Cesar Sevillano…

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Inquiry in the Amazon: Orchid Bees

June 26, 2023

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The Rainforest is My Teacher

May 11, 2023

So, what did I learn, and continue to learn from the Rainforest? So much more than the trees, birds, monkeys, dolphins, fish, or the things that glow in the dark. I experienced scientific content in a multi-dimensional way. I floated on the Napo River at night with a…

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Weaving a Future in the Amazon

November 16, 2021

Supporting Indigenous Craftsmanship by Dr. Nancy Trautmann Imagine lying in a hammock in an open-air shelter in the Amazon rainforest. Hearing torrential rainfall and watching sheets of water cascading off the roof, you wonder why you’re not getting wet. You notice that the roofing seems to be made…

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So, what’s your transformation story?

September 14, 2020

by Dr. Kelly Keena, Board President. I was sitting in the dark movie theatre watching Frozen 2 with my almost-adult daughter. The end scene is Olaf, a snowman made of two girls’ imaginations. And then, he articulated something I spend a lot of time thinking about. Perfectly. “While…

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Why Morpho?

July 22, 2020

by Dr. Kelly Keena, Board President We sat in the green and white wooden Explorama boat nosed into the bank of a small tributary stream. The dense branches had a clearing and the equally dense brown water was still. The perfect place to fish for piraña. It’s a…

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The Power of Partnerships in the Amazon

June 16, 2020

by Dr. Nancy Trautmann, founding board member of the Morpho Institute As an environmental scientist and educator, my career has centered on helping educators reach beyond lectures and textbooks to engage students in investigating real-world environmental science issues. When I traveled to Peru in 2015 as a faculty…

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