*Field Ecology Course for local Universities*
World Land Trust’s (WLT) Brazilian project partner, REGUA, have a growing research programme which involves encouraging universities to carry out research and holding workshops and field courses at the Guapi Assu Reserve. *REGUA are keen to strengthen their links with Brazilian universities* and facilitating students to carry out their research projects in partnership with REGUA.
Students on the first field ecology course at REGUA. Photo © Jorge Bizarro.
REGUA recently held their *first field ecology course* with 23 graduate students and four lecturers from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. The course consisted of /Entomologia I/ discipline field ecology classes and *practical training in different habitat sampling techniques.* The students were able to sample litter soil fauna from different habitats, survey aquatic arthropods and carry out insect surveys at night. The visit was a great success and REGUA reported that at least two of the students expressed an interest in researching beetles at the reserve. This would be the *first time that this insect order will be researched at REGUA*.
A Dusky-throated Hermit found during the first survey at REGUA. Photo © Leonardo Pimentel
REGUA and Rio de Janeiro State University have initiated a new hummingbird study at the Guapi Assu Reserve. Luciana BarÃ§ante, a Masters student at the University*/ /*will complete a survey of hummingbird species. *The survey will look at the diversity of hummingbirds at different altitudes* within the reserve, monthly over a two year period. On the first visit to the reserve, Luciana and her team *found an abundance of Saw-billed Hermits* (the only member of the Ramphodon genus), 2 Dusky-throated Hermits (endemic to Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil) and a Scale-throated Hermit at an altitude much lower than expected for this species.