Amazon Connections is the periodic newsletter of the Center for Amazon Community Ecology. It provides updates on Center activities and other articles about Amazon ecology, environment, and community development. Submissions of articles, photos, or letters to the editor are welcome. You may download PDF versions of the first three issues of Amazon Connections here. Beginning with Issue 4, all newsletters are only being prepared in digital format.
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CONTENTS OF CURRENT AND PAST ISSUES
SUMMER 2010 Download this latest issue (PDF format - 1.0 MB)
- New markets, opportunities for copal and crafts: Natalya Stanko and Campbell Plowden present highlights of the Center's research on copal resin and making a fragrant essential oil, developing innovative handicrafts with Bora natives and exploring connections with Maijuna communities in Peru, and Plowden's return visit to Ka'apor and Tembé Indian villages ten years after working with them in Brazil.
- Artisan Spotlight: Meet two of the Center's artisan partners - Monica Chichico from the Bora native community of Brillo Nuevo and Romelia Huanaquiri from the Huacamayo Handicraft Committee in Chino.
- Connections Profile: Dr. Dennis del Castillo - from son of slash and burn farmer to top investigator with the Institute for Investigation of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP). He know seeks solutions to conserve the Amazon's threatened biodiversity and support its rural people
- Gilmore: Connecting plants and people - Ethnobotanist Michael Gilmore discusses the challenges being faced by the Maijuna native people in Peru and some things he has learned working with them for eleven years
- Amazon Field Volunteer in Acion: Natalya Stanko spent six weeks in Peru with the Center and interviewed many of its artisan partners. She wrote about her experiences in many formats and wrote most of the articles for this issue of Amazon Connections.
SPRING 2009 Download this issue (PDF format - 2.9 MB)
- Copal and handicraft projects progress in Peru: Campbell Plowden and Meghan Walsh discuss the Center's research on the ecology, harvest, and marketing of copal resin and handicrafts and new partnerships with indigenous associations and mestizo communities (p.1)
- Book Review of The Last Forest: the Amazon in the Age of Globalization: Journalists Brian Kelly and Mark London wrote about the first wave of Amazon deforestation in their book Amazon in 1983. Meghan Walsh reviews their new account of the region's challenges 20 years later. (p. 2)
- Connections Profiles: Penn State University: Jessica Remitz profiles Engineering professor Dr. Rick Schuhmann whose students are linking up with the Center's copal project and film student Greg Harriott who spent six weeks shooting video of Center projects in Peru in the summer of 2008 (p. 2)
- Amazon Connections to Climate Change: Meghan Walsh interviews former Woods Hole Research Institute scientist Dan Nepstad to report on the ways that Amazon forest burning affects the global climate and ways that global warming is changing the Amazon rainforest (p.3)
- Report from the Field: Another kind of copal: Campbell Plowden reports that some Bora Indians in Peru use a special kind of copal resin made from the yellow latex of a Symphonia tree when it's attacked by an unknown kind of long-horned beetle (p.5)
SPRING 2007 Download this issue (PDF format - 2.5 MB)
- New Center Opens: Campbell Plowden discusses how his early experiences studying non-timber forest products and living with the Tembé Indians in the Brazilian Amazon led to the foundation of the Center and its first project to research the ecology of copal resin in Peru (p. 1)
- Star Critter for Spring: The Peanut-Head Bug. The front-end of this strange butterfly really looks like a peanut, but some Amazon people fear it can stab a man to death (p. 2)
- Amazon forests often worth more standing than cut: Patricia Shanley from the Center for International Forestry discusses her research with Brazilian communities to compare the relative value of timber and non-timber products, her "Fruit tree" book, and her philosophy of giving back to communities (p. 3)
- New “Superfood” Helps Amazon: Vanessa Baker interviews Sambazon founder Ryan Black to present this company's efforts to promote the benefits of açai palm fruit for Brazilian Amazon harvesters, forest conservation and the health of this Amazon fruit's newest enthusiastic consumers (p.4)