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WVU researcher studies effects of Amazon mega dams on biodiversity and local communities

Photo of people in boat on Madeira River.

One West Virginia University researcher is working to protect the communities and economies often affected when companies move in to harness a region’s natural resources.

Appalachia has a long history of dealing with negative consequences, and the Brazilian Amazon is at risk of experiencing the same which is where Caroline Arantes, assistant professor of wildlife and fisheries resources in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, has focused her research.

Concern for the Amazon is often centered around its biodiversity, but Arantes’ focus is not only on diverse aquatic faunas, but also on the human communities affected and often displaced by the development of hydropower dams — specifically, the Madeira River dam.

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