DET summer 2013 research team start working on the Rouge National Urban Park and Guaratiba Biological Reserve projects, led in collaboration with Guilherme Lassance from UFRJ and his Rio team. The team is composed of Joel Leon, Yishi Cheng, Lin Laszlo Da Costa, Alessandra De Carvalho, Tiffany Dang, Matthew de Santis, Liheng Li and Joseph McBurney. Alessandra and Lin are exchange students from Brazil. Students’ support was made possible by the President Research Fund, LACREG and Science without Borders. DET thanks Matthew for volunteering his help and the entire research team for their amazing efforts at Daniels and in situ!