Oil Company’s impact on the equatorial rainforest entomofauna of eastern Ecuador in the Yasuni region

Tuesday, November 12, 2013: 2:33 PM
Meeting Room 6 A (Austin Convention Center)
Terry Erwin , National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Fifteen years of inventory and monitoring the building and use of a 121 km road to access Ecuadorian petroleum reserves along the edge of Yasuni National Park has resulted in impact metrics and important rainforest canopy collections. These collections have been used for systematics, ecology, and biodiversity studies even though the sampling for them was designed to answer conservation questions. Inventory and monitoring can benefit conservation and scientific analysis objectives if planned carefully from the start.