|Dr. Tomas Hrbek tells us about life in the Amazon River.|
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Brazil's Amazon River Comes Alive!
Words we vaguely understood came to life on March 6th when Dr. Tomas Hrbek, a researcher from Universidade Federal do Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil, came to explain life and the fauna in his world along the Amazon River.
Manaus is the largest population area in this river region. The area is covered in jungles and tropical rain forest. Dr. Hrbek said the weather remains about the same all year long. For this reason, Dr. Hrbek and his family chose to build their kitchen outside for year-round use, even during the rainy season.
The most fascinating part of his presentation was about his forte – unique freshwater fish and other amphibians living in the amazing Amazon. Dr. Hrbek shared his knowledge as an evolutionary biologist to explain the relationship among animals across continents. We were fascinated, not just by the types of fish and amphibians that seem so exotic to us, but the stories behind the fish and their evolution or documented connection to other fish across the continents.
Thank you, Dr. Hrbek, for making life in the Amazon River come alive!