This project is focused on exploring the interaction between climate and plant ecology in the pre-montane and montane cloud forests around Monteverde.
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Tropical forests are often thought of as aseasonal environments; however, many experience at least one dry season annually. Tropical montane cloud forests in Monteverde are no exception, as rain and cloud cover abate between the months of February and May.
This project, coordinated by researchers based at the University of California Berkeley, explores the implication of seasonality for the health and survival of tropical montane cloud forest plants. Local logistics are facilitated by the Monteverde Institute. For more information, please contact grgoldsmith[at]berkeley[dot]edu.
Greg's research has also enabled the development of an innovative educational platform for sharing knowledge on cloud forest ecology. See more details below.
Canopy In The Clouds uses innovative and immersive media from the tropical montane cloud forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica to serve as a platform for inquiry-based, K-12 earth and life science education (www.canopyintheclouds.com). We are particularly excited to offer over 25 lesson plans on themes such as water, weather, soils, ecology and the process of science, focused primarily on 6-8th grades. All materials are normed to national science education standards, peer-reviewed by a team of scientists and educators, and made available free of cost via our website.
Canopy In The Clouds is an interdisciplinary collaboration between emerging professionals in ecology, visual arts, and education. It is our attempt to envision how students will interact with digital media in the 21st century in order to engage in inquiry-based learning with a big 'wow' factor. Funding was provided by the National Geographic Society, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Tropical Science Center of Costa Rica. Local logistics were facilitated by the Monteverde Institute. For more information, please contact info[at]canopyintheclouds[dot]com.
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