Learn how to make the empirical observations and collect the data to help researchers find out how nature and the wine industry can best coexist in this beautiful, productive, and threatened landscape.
The team will spend most days in the field studying the plant and animal life that both impacts the productivity of vineyards and indicates t how healthy the ecosystem is in general. You’ll identify bird and butterfly species, sometimes catching butterflies in nets to get a closer look at them. You’ll also measure, identify, and estimate the biomass of plants in specific plots of land, in part to help scientists get a sense of how much carbon these plants store in their tissue.
You’ll also get a chance to learn about human life in the area. In meetings with local wine growers and conservationists, you’ll hear their valuable perspectives on the important issues facing the region and how we might best conserve it.
After returning from the field in the late afternoon, your team will eat dinner together and have some free hours in the evening. Sometimes the researchers will present on topics related to the research, and other times you can explore the area or simply relax.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.