From Plant Press, Vol. 20, No. 4, October 2017.
The Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observations (CTFS-ForestGEO) hosted 64 participants from 19 countries on 16-31 July 2017 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico near the ForestGEO plot in Luquillo for their 7th annual data analysis workshop. It was 2 weeks of hands-on mentoring by senior scientists from ForestGEO and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) to graduate students and postdocs to collaborate on their research. The goal is to have these up and coming researchers publish their papers post-workshop.
The annual workshops are an ongoing collaboration between ForestGEO and the Chinese Forest Biodiversity Monitoring Network (CforBio) with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The U.S. National Science Foundation has provided financial support for the workshops since 2011 with the grant entitled, “Integrating functional, phylogenetic and genetic components of diversity for an improved understanding of forest structure, dynamics, and change.” At the workshop participants worked meticulously on forest site analyses focused on biomass and carbon storage, spatial dynamics, demography, and seed-seedling and phenology dynamics.
The workshop ended with a full day of scientific presentations where each participant gave a 5-minute lightning talk. All participants shared research findings from the workshop and received feedback and ideas about how to keep their research projects moving forward.