Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Students will participate in a large project to study fish passage through dams on the Verde River located east of Campo Grande. They will spend approximately twelve weeks processing samples at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte. Students will sample at the study site in Mato Grosso do Sul, the state west of Minas Gerais, known for its natural environment and humid subtropical and tropical climates. Students will be introduced and learn in depth about the hyperdiverse fish fauna (nearly 50 species of freshwater fishes) and the challenges to providing passage of fishes across hydroelectric dams. Other wildlife species are abundant and at the sample site students may likely be encounter, rheas, giant anteater, tapirs, short-nosed caiman, macaws, and many other unique species.
Students will work under the supervision of Alexandre Godhino a professor and international expert in fish passage in tropical systems. In addition to classwork, students will learn valuable field and lab-based skills and will create connections with peers and mentors in Brazil.
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