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Center for Biodiversity Studies
The Center for Biodiversity Studies (CEB - Centro de Estudos da Biodiversidade in Portuguese) is the research center of the Michelin Ecological Reserve. The CEB staff is responsible for organizing and administering all research activities in the reserve. Dr. Kevin M. Flesher is the director of the CEB.
The aim of the research program is to initiate and encourage studies that help promote our understanding of the organisms inhabiting the Atlantic forest of southern Bahia and of the species interactions and natural processes that maintain this highly diverse ecosystem. The reserve offers unique opportunities to study an endangered biome where few scientists have worked before and we invite scientists from all disciplines to work here. Our commitment to intellectual freedom means that we encourage scientists with diverse viewpoints and from any field of the biological, physical or social sciences to submit projects to the CEB.
Our mission is to contribute to the advancement of science by:
Our principal research focus concerns the effects of human land-use and resource exploitation on the movement, distribution, and persistence of wildlife; recruitment ecology of rainforest trees; natural history; restoration ecology; and causal explanations for hunting, deforestation, and agricultural practices.
We have the budget and personnel to support 10-15 projects each year. We seek scientists who are of an independent nature, enjoy spending a good deal of time in the forest, and whose research has a strong field component.
In order to work in the reserve, we require that researchers submit an electronic copy of their proposal. Please follow the format below when submitting an application. If you already have a detailed proposal written, you may submit it instead. A clearly stated objective and a detailed methods section are obligatory, but please do not include any general background information on the Atlantic Forest in the introduction.
We expect scientists working in the reserve to publish the results of their research and a commitment to do so will be an important criterion in determining who will be invited to work here. Scientist are required to send an electronic copy (PDF) of all final research results whether they be articles published, reports and/or theses resulting from research conducted in the reserve shortly after they are published or completed. Please send these documents to the reserve director.
We expect researchers to know which documents Brazilian law requires and to have obtained these before beginning fieldwork. We will need proof of research visas and/or permits for collecting, trapping, radio-collaring or any other direct interactions between the scientist and the organisms studied as required by Brazilian law. We realize that applying for research visas and/or permits is often not possible without an approved project, so we do not expect the proof submitted with the initial application, but only before the project begins. The Brazilian laws are both specific and strict, so applicants are advised to consider the implications of the legislation for their projects (this is especially relevant for foreign graduate students). We will provide cover letters for approved projects when they are necessary to apply for visas/permits.
All studies conducted in the reserve must be legalized through agreements between Michelin and the institution responsible for the study, specifying the details of the partnership, the services offered, and the responsibilities accrued by each. The drafting of these documents must be done according to the Brazilian legal exigencies and we will explain this procedure at the time the proposal is approved.
Proposals are welcome at any time of the year.
Submit proposals electronically to:
Dr. Kevin Flesher,
Reserva Ecológica Michelin
Rodovia Ituberá/Camamu, Km 05
45443-000 Igrapiúna – BA