IOBFS Directory Form

1. Station Name: Iracambi Atlantic Rainforest Research and Conservation Center         

2. Mailing Address:  Fazenda Iracambi, Rosário da Limeira, Minas Gerais 36878-000, BRAZIL                      

3. Phone:    + 55 32 3721 1436    Fax:  +55 32 3722 4909    Email:

4. Web Site URL:

5. Contact person: Robin Le Breton     

6. Address (if different):  

7. Year of establishment:   1999

8. Geographic location:

    latitude:  20.56 S
    longitude:  42.31 W
    elevation:  from 750-1100m

9. Area (hectares): 500

10. Affiliations: University of Viçosa, Yale Forestry School, Smithsonian Institute, Colorado State University

11. Is the Field Station already part of a regional organization? YES – Rede Mata Atlântica

12. Is the Field Station open all year? If not, which months? YES – we accept researchers and volunteers year round.

13. Permanent Staff:

Scientific: 1

Technical: 2

14. Emphasis of Field Station (i.e. research, education, preservation):  Iracambi’s mission is to make the conservation of the rainforest more attractive than its destruction.  All the different projects that we have here all work towards this goal.  We conduct applied research in four priority areas – land use management, forest restoration, income generating alternatives and community engagement.

15. Does your field station have a specialized area of study? If so, what is it?  Our focus is on the people who own and live in and around the forest, and how we help them manage their land in such a way that they will not have to cut down more forest in order to feed their families.  But we need to know more about the forest itself: how it degenerates, regenerates, what species contribute to which process etc.  We are interested in any research that can work towards our goals.  However we are also a place that people can use as the base for research which falls outside our defined research priorities.

16. Is the Field Station available to visiting scientists and/or students? YES – we have had many researchers come here to conduct work which fits into our own defined research areas, as well as work on their own projects.  We have also been the base for many students to come here, either in the holidays to do research or volunteer work; or during term time when Iracambi has been the setting for classes on a variety of different topics.  As this point, in four years of accepting researchers and volunteers we have accepted over 400 people from around the world.

17. Is the Field Station involved with University-level classes?


18. Are Research Grants available? No

19. Are Internships available? YES – Unpaid.

20. Describe the Biotic communities available at the Field Station. 

They are of the breadth and variety to be expected in a semi-deciduous seasonal tropical forest.  Of special interest are the amphibia and bromelias, neither of which have been fully classified

21. Which facilities are available at the Field Station? (Check those which apply)

Lab Space:  Yes          

Dorms:          0                           Number of Beds:  

Cabins:           5                         Number of Beds: 20

Cottages  10 beds  

Meals:    YES – lunch is provided by a cook during the week, all other meals are the responsibility of the researchers and volunteers.  Researchers and volunteers decide amongst themselves how their house is to be organized, and part of this is the cooking rota.

Kitchenettes:   YES – all the houses have fully equipped kitchens.

22. Describe significant equipment and/or special equipment  available at the Field Station:

Chemical Lab: Yes.

Temperature controlled rooms:  No.

Sampling equipment: No

Boats:   No.

Special equipment (please list): 

23. Are there recreational opportunities (i.e., beaches, trails, etc.)?   Yes – we have a number of trails around, a rock pool to swim in, a soccer pitch, a mountain to climb, and horses to ride

24. IOBFS would like to form a working group to steer its development. If you would like to be involved, please tell us. We are looking for people with an interest in the future of biological field stations and a willingness to share their ideas for field station development. Any other comments would also be appreciated:   

Yes, we would be happy to share the knowledge we have gained over 15 years of hands on experience.  

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