On a recent trip to Brazil, ASA Principal Debbie French McCay spent several days following the path of an oil spill through the wilds of the jungle in Paraná state. The field team included several ASA employees from the Brazil office, in addition to local biologists and guides. The group was gathering data to help calibrate the models that will be used to simulate the spill and quantify the impacts to the ecosystem. This project is of particular interest because much of Paraná is covered by Atlantic Forest, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
While much of the work done at ASA focuses on computer modeling, it is important that our scientists get into field, especially remote locations, to ensure that our simulations are accurately representing the local systems. Plus, who doesn’t love a trek through a jungle with a machete!!