Expedition: Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

English map of Fernando de Noronha fortifications

This week I am packing my bags in anticipation of my trip to Brazil. Over the next month I will be working in the remote oceanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, supported by the Ciência sem Fronteiras programme of CAPES. I will be updating my Voices Blog regularly every few days with updates of the exciting research, science and conservation going on upon this scarcely documented part of the world, as well as my own intrepid adventures there. As well as the typical plight of introduced cats, rats and mice on the island, there are also more uniquely peculiar threats such as the introduced rock cavy and tegu lizards, themselves natives to continental Brazil but foreigners to the island. All this spells bad news for this seabird stronghold in the Atlantic Ocean, but a great opportunity for some island conservation.

English map of Fernando de Noronha fortifications, printed in 1793, but based on another survey conducted in 1760.

My first port of call will be São Paulo after an international flight which interestingly is one of the few in the world to have no emergency landings en route (the only land mass between New Zealand and South —> Read More Here


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