I’m an environmental scientist, geographer and professor at the University of Florida. For 25 years, I have conducted environmental research in the Amazon. AMA about the Amazon!
Hi Reddit! My name is Robert Walker, and I’m a professor of Latin American Studies and geography at the University of Florida and an adjunct faculty of the Federal University of Para, in Belem, Brazil.
Since the early 1990s, I have conducted research in the Amazon. My research focuses on land change in the Amazon Basin, especially tropical deforestation. I have led a number of field activities in the Amazon, studying the land by using numerical methods, remote sensing and interviewing farmers, loggers, ranchers and indigenous groups to uncover threats to the area and its people.
Just yesterday, I was interviewed by NBC News about the Amazon fires. In January, I published a piece in The Conversation titled “Amazon deforestation, already rising, may spike under Bolsonaro.”
I’m here to answer any questions you may have about the Amazon.
Here’s a bit more about me:
I received a Ph.D. in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) as well as an MS in Environmental Engineering (1976) and BS in Chemistry from the University of Florida (1973). In 2014, I returned to my home state and joined the University of Florida.
- University of Florida Professor Profile
- Endangered Amazon: An Indigenous Tribe Fights Back Against Hydropower Development in the Tapajós Valley – an essay on the current greatest threat facing the Amazon
- Rivers, Roads, and Gunmen – a personal essay of working in the Amazon
- “The Amazon is Essential” – part of a series highlighting people at the University of Florida working to protect our well-being and the health of the planet
Update: Thank you all for your engaging questions! I have to step away but I'll try to check in this afternoon to answer some more.