Video 6: The Green Laboratory

Rainforest research involves a variety of research tools and strategies, such as climbing trees with ropes and alpine harnesses, freeze-drying leaves for DNA analysis, and carefully logging thousands of plants for statistical study.

  •  "Plant Studies, Old and New." Ecologist and educator Rita Mesquita explains how the study of rainforest plant species helps conservationists make informed future decisions about forest management.
  •  "Knowing the Ropes" looks at how climbing gear takes researchers up into the canopy, and also allows them to sleep soundly at night!
  •  "Banana and Peanut Butter Science." Mammologist Marcelo Lima shows student viewers how he traps small mammals to study population numbers and movement patterns.
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