The BioResilience soil field team is currently led by Dr Carmen Montes, Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia UNAD de Colombia, in collaboration with Dr Julieth Serrano and Dr Ted Feldpausch (project PI) from the University of Exeter, UK. Dr Montes went to the field to sample soil at 12 plots at La Serrania de las Quinchas (Puerto Pinzón, Puerto Boyacá, Boyacá, Colombia). This region on the western flank of the Andes Eastern range mountain has elevations between 250 m to 1500 m a.s.l. (Figure 1). The average temperature is 27 °C in the low zones and 23 °C in the high mountain. Relative air humidity varies between 79% and 88% (Ovalle-Pacheco, Camacho-Rozo, & Arroyo,2019).
The BioResilience project works across a gradient of forest types in Colombia, ranging from wet to dry forests, and representing structurally intact, degraded forests, and silvopastural systems. This film provides an excellent overview of the importance of dry forests in the tropics.