Suggested Pre-Institute Readings


Overview - Emilo Bruna

Kricher, J. 1997. A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animails, Plants and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics (2nd ed.) Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. Chapter 1. (Will send PDF by email).

Wildlife Conservation Society in Latin America. Information on ecosystems of 10 Latin America countries - http://www.wcs.org/where-we-work/latin-america.aspx

WWF's page about the Amazon: http://www.worldwildlife.org/what/wherewework/amazon/index.html

Jaguars in Ecuador's Amazon - Santiago Espinosa

Information about the Waorani indigenous group and their conflicts with oil development within Yasuni
National Park and their territory: http://saveamericasforests.org/Yasuni/index.html

Press release made two years ago, when Santiago Espinosa was conducting fieldwork in Ecuador:
http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0127-maher_wcs_jaguar.html

Climate Change - Christine Archer
Sir David Attenborough: The Truth About Climate Change
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9ob9WdbXx0&feature=player_embedded

Global Climate Change Video by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khmFBUrM2ko&feature=player_embedded

Article in Edutopia: Truth and Consequences: Teaching Global Warming Doesn't Have to Spell 'Doom' by Kevin Sweeney
http://www.edutopia.org/global-warming-fear

Peoples of Ecosystems - Rosana Resende
TEDxAmazonia - Randy Borman | He shows that it is possible to be indigenous and white
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4yCdGB2NG4