The Iracambi Research Center is located on a tranquil site harboring some of the rich biodiversity that characterizes the once-vast Atlantic Rainforest. Listed among the state’s highest priority conservation areas, the sub-tropical seasonal semi-deciduous forests of Serra do Brigadeiro contribute to two major watersheds, support about 10,000 family farms and shelter the largest surviving population of the Wooly Spider monkey (the most endangered primate species in the New World). The Center is situated on Iracambi’s 500 hectare farm in the buffer zone of the Serra do Brigadeiro State Park in south-eastern Minas Gerais, just six hours by bus from Rio de Janeiro. More information can be found on our website www.iracambi.org.
We aim to conserve and restore the Atlantic rainforest, through scientific research, community engagement, and environmental education. We invite professors and their students, in groups or individually, in the fields of ecology, environmental management and related sociology to help us in our task of protecting this unique and endangered ecosystem.
Researchers can study focus on their area of specialty, or field work can be tailored to each group’s needs. Numerous thesis and reports have generated by research undertaken at Iracambi: some of these are available at: http://independent.academia.edu/RainforestCenterIracambi
Research programs include:
- Ecology & Conservation Program
- Forests for Water Program
· Community Empowerment & Education
- Medicinal plant research