Deep within the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, a vast and dense region brimming with biodiversity, Ethan Duvall embarked on an ambitious mission this summer. Over the span of three months, surrounded by the verdant foliage and echoing calls of creatures such as the South American tapir and spider monkeys, Duvall and his team trekked tirelessly, gathering a myriad of samples from plants, soil, water, and even wildlife feces. Their overarching mission? To unravel the intricate consequences of biodiversity loss in the western Amazonia, particularly in the traditional territories of the Kichwa and Waorani people. Beyond this, Duvall's research holds a concentrated lens on the pivotal role animals play in the nutrient cycling of these rainforests. Amidst the growing threats of overhunting and oil extraction, understanding these roles is of paramount importance, as they form the foundation for conservation and restoration initiatives in this pristine haven.
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