A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GRANT FROM THE CZECH SCIENCE FOUNDATION
The Charles University, Czech Republic, Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, and several other academic and research institutes have been awarded a research grant by the Czech Science Foundation to perform an international, five-year research project. The project is titled “Latitudinal Patterns in Specialization of Interspecific Interactions: Cross-Continental Geographical Patterns in Plant-Pollinator Networks” and will be led by Dr. Robert Tropek. To assess the latitudinal changes in pollination interactions, the project will establish a cross-continental latitudinal transect with study plots in Norway, Czech Republic, Greece, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. In Tanzania, the study plots will be established in the Nyerere National Park (part of the former Selous Game Reserve). Conducting this project in Tanzania through the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST) presents several opportunities for our members. Besides, the project will help to strengthen local capacity in conducting cutting-edge and large-scale research projects. WCST will facilitate the acquisition of all the necessary research permits from all the relevant authorities in Tanzania and managing Tanzania’s research station, equipment, and study sites.