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8/19/16: Universidade Federal do Pará NCADR & IMAZON (Belém, Brazil)
8/16/16: EMBRAPA- Acre
8/11/16: Universidade Federal do Acre (Rio Branco, Brazil)
5/2/16: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2/26/16: Yale Agrarian Studies
2/24/16: Brown University

This summer I was part of a team studying small-scale artisanal gold mining in the Brazilian Amazon. As part of our research, Peter Richards used his drone to capture some dramatic scenes from above and created this short video with help from the Click here to see the video. The password is:  garimpagem. Here is a recent CNN report on gold mining and deforestation in the region.

Check out our session at the AAG meetings on Tuesday, 4/21/2015 at 8:00 AM in Chicago

Thursday, April 9, 2015 / 4:00 PM
The Amazon rainforest of Brazil is cut down to create cattle pastures and agricultural fields.  Deforestation brings profit, but it is also linked to deeply held ideals of development and progress achieved through the transformation of a dark, threatening forest into a “clean,” cultivated landscape.  While Amazonian deforestation is universally decried as a driver of global environmental change, other forms of Brazilian nature control, such as the “Brazilian wax,” are increasingly popular around the world.  In this presentation, I examine deforestation and depilation (body hair removal) as parallel processes in which natural “covers” are removed or otherwise managed...