Cambodia Expedition Wrap-up: Where Do We Go From Here?

…largest freshwater fisheries and the people who depend on it. Read his previous posts from this trip. A Tetrameles nudiflora tree both ornaments and obliterates a portion of the Angkor Wat temple at Ta Prohm. (© CI/photo by Les Kaufman) With the adventures of the open lake behind us, we set out to complete our last two missions in Cambodia on this trip: begin our exploration of the lake basin uplands, and discuss how we might unite the multiple…

Tonle Sap Visit Finds Little Evidence of Once-Abundant Species

…tween one of the world’s largest freshwater fisheries and the people who depend on it. Read the first post from his trip. A family living in a floating house on Tonle Sap awaits the return of Dad, out fishing. (© CI/photo by Les Kaufman) It was with great expectations that we set off down a seemingly interminable canal on our first mission out into the “Great Lake” — Tonle Sap. The 15 of us were distributed among three surprisingly stable long…

How Can Cambodia Sustain Its Freshwater ‘Fish Factory’?

…ing the interactions between one of the world’s largest freshwater fisheries and the people who depend on it. A combination of native and exotic fish caught in the Tonle Sap, for sale at Siem Reap marketplace. (© CI/photo by Les Kaufman) As our plane zoomed in over the lake, we could see the vast lake floor spreading from horizon to horizon. At the moment, the lake’s low water levels were settled into the deepest fifth of the land it occupies…

Exploring Little-Known Habitats Off the Brazilian Coast

Les Kaufman is currently studying ecosystems in the Abrolhos Seascape, one of the region’s most unique marine sites. This is his first blog from the trip. A shipwrecked anchor monument in Porto Seguro, Brazil. (© CI/Photo by Les Kaufman) After a blessedly uneventful flight to Miami, and then Salvador, and finally Porto Seguro, our drive traverses the landward side of our study area, sometimes known as Brazil’s Discovery Coast. This region…