Your money will be used to buy tagging equipment, mainly tags. Other costs for equipment and field expenses will be shared by various partners. Any excess money raised above the minimum goal will be used to buy more tags and result in a bigger, more robust study. In fact, raising more money will allow us to maximize the use of fix costs and conduct a much bigger project. For example, if we raise twice our minimum amount, our project will, without a doubt, be able to tag more than twice as many fish. Here’s to hoping!
Although some telemetry work has been done with arapaima, little is known about arapaima migration and habitat use throughout the year. This work aims to characterize arapaima migration in the lower Amazon along environmental and human density gradients.
This project will answer the following questions:
- What does a map of their movements look like?
- Where do the arapaima go during the flood?
- Where do arapaima take their babies while raising them?
- When do young leave their parents?
- How much do they move around? Do adults move differently than young?
- Do they always come back to the same lakes?
At an early age, I developed an interest in biology and ecology through camping/ hiking as a boy scout and by working as an outdoor guide. Over time, my interest matured into a passion for research and the natural sciences. I aspire to help people and the environment, and believe those two things are not mutually exclusive. I have been involved in research and conservation projects in the tropics of South America, Asia, and Australia and have sustained my involvement in these areas through various small grants and personal funds. My experiences have shown me the importance of science in conservation and the need for an interdisciplinary approach for effective action. I am now living in Brazil where I am doing my PhD research on the ecology and conservation of South American arapaima, among the largest freshwater species of fish in the world.
Wow! WE did it! The goal was reached (and surpassed)! Regardless of how much you gave, I thank you all for your unbelievable support, kind words, and amazing gestures. I can still hardly believe WE did it. Our goal was achieved and my research will begin soon! This would not have been possible without your support. I really look forward to keeping you updated about the research you are now a part of!
Thank you for all the unbelievable support!! We reached the goal with time to spare!! Please feel free to still spread the word and donate (there is no limit to how much people can contribute, just a limit to how much I needed to receive in order to get the pledges). Any extra funds will help make this project that much stronger! You guys are unbelievable!
With three hours to go, we really are nearly there: 95%
Just 5% left!
Less than 12 hours to go and we're almost there! Please check out some of my bloopers: http://youtu.be/pVQJmPPxRug
I had a great time putting this video together and sharing my project with you all!