Disciplines and Courses

Workshop on Surveying and Monitoring Target Groups.

This workshop ams to present the sampling and monitoring techniques used by PPBio for groups of organisms considered to be "Target Groups". We have selected five target groups for surveying and monitoring in RAPELD modules and plots: ferns, commercial (timber) trees, frogs, fish and primates. These groups were selected based on the groups monitored by environmental agencies within the research programs for protected areas, for the monitoring of timber concession activities, for the monitoring of changes related to activities and the installation of infrastructure and for monitoring biodiversity generally. 

About PPBio Protocols.

Desirable elements in a system for sampling biodiversity and monitoring target groups.

Metadata Worksheet.

Report on a monitoring course - Salford 2016.

Target Groups:

Commercial TreesBibliographyMetadata, Protocol (pdf).
Video of Commercial Trees: Download Preparation Fieldwork
Videos of Fishes: download - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
PrimatesBibliographyMetadata, Protocol (pdf).
Vídeo of Primates: download - Parts 1 and 2 
FernsBibliographyMetadataProtocol (pdf).
Vídeos of Ferns: download -  Part 1 Part 2
FrogsBibliographyMetadata, Protocol (pdf).
Diurnal Frogs Video: download.
Distance. Software for designing and analysing surveys of wildlife populations.
Presence. Software to enable estimations of the proportion of area of occupied, or the probability that a site is occupied by a species of interest.

The R program is now used as the standard software for data analysis in the disciplines taught at INPA, such as data preparation (Victor Landeiro), statistics and sample design (Bill Magnusson), populations (Gonçalo Ferraz), communities (Flavia Costa ) and multivariate analysis (Flavia Costa and Bill Magnusson).
R is a programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is free and open source and offers a wide range of analysis possibilities as well as allowing further analysis to be programmed by users.

The object of the workshop is to train participants how to use databases and data repositories and metadata. The first workshop was in Brasilia in August 2010 included 29 analysts from the Brazilian Forest Service, IBAMA, ICMBio, MMA and 2 fellows of the INCT (See the news). In June 2011 took place in Manaus the second edition of workshop and in august the third edition.


The course aims at training the application of RAPELD method, which is the standardization of permanent plots for monitoring biodiversity in long-term research. These courses are specifically tailored to the technical analysts and environmental agencies of the Brazilian government and state governments in the Amazon, and technical consulting firms involved in impact studies and environmental monitoring. In 2010 the course was held in Manaus and had the participation of 27 managers of the Brazilian Forest Service, IBAMA, ICMBio, MMA and representatives of consulting firms (See the news). In 2011 there were two issues: in May and in August, both in Reserva Ducke.