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Interview with Neotropical Scientist Dr. Nigel Pitman

By Dave Lutz | Wed. October 11, 2011 Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Nigel Pitman, former research director of the Los Amigos conservation concession in Southeastern Peru, and currently a research associate at the Center for Tropical school of the...

Dr. Nigel Pitman’s Amazon Field Journal

Learn more about the Amazon rainforest from Nigel Pitman by visiting “Scientists at Work,” a section of the New York Times that acts as a modern field journal.  There you can learn everything from the techniques scientists use to study animals in the...

Understanding Gold Mining

Who is mining the Gold?  The rising price of gold in the global market has led to a boom in small-scale/artisanal mining. Although the mining is called ‘small-scale,’ the huge number of miners operating in Peru is creating an ecological catastrophe in the Amazon River...

Mercury in Madre de Dios

New research from CAMEP-Carnegie Amazon Mercury Ecosystem Project-has found that mercury is an increasing environmental and public health problem in the gold mining region of Madre de Dios in Peru.  High mercury concentrations were found in the wild caught fish sold...