In Oxford, I had the great privilege of spending the semester with Yadvinder Mahli's tropical forest research group. I learned a ton about the biome. It was a real treat.
One thing I learned is that there seems to be a lot of great research being published in Nature on tropical forests. It seemed like every week there was a new paper in Nature.
Each one seemed deserved, but I wasn't sure if there really was more good research coming out of tropical forests than say temperate forests or grasslands.
So, I did a search in Nature for research articles published 2012-2014. The search was by keyword.
Results are above.
It seems to be true. On average, about once a week, there is a paper that is associated with tropical forests. Temperate forests? 1 every 2 weeks. Boreal, once a month.
Grasslands? Less than once a month.
The numbers up there really do seem to match funding levels. I'm surprised tropical forests : grasslands is just 5:1 to be honest.
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