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Why is the Amazon Burning? Impact Outcomes

Why is the Amazon Burning?


In pursuing their investigation of the Amazon, the Lab team met with faculty from the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of International Letters and Cultures as well as various scholars across the globe ranging from the United Kingdom to universities scattered throughout Brazil (which included the University of Sao Paulo and Federal University of Amapa). In total the Lab collaborated with 10 different thought partners (see full list below) as they created informed and meaningful tools for explaining the complexities of the Amazon rainforest’s land, inhabitants and the effects of the pandemic in Indigenous communities. Through policy papers, magazine pitch articles and story maps Lab teams developed poignant work that parses out some of the many complexities that exist within the realms of the rainforest’s land, indigenous inhabitants and conflicting economies.

In the images above, interested students join faculty for a research trip to the Heard Museum.

Story Maps


Students created layered story maps that take the viewer through the Amazon rainforest utilizing sounds, images, videos, and text. These outcomes were enhanced through a partnership with embedded ASU librarians and the Director of Maps, Imagery and Geospatial Hub, Matthew Toro.

The Impact of COVID-19


Some students analyzed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic related to land use tensions as part of their investigation (shown in these policy papers and magazine pitch to Future Tense/ Slate Magazine). Torie Bosch, editor of Future Tense / Slate Magazine, partnered with students in a question/ answer session to help them refine their pitches. To view tips from Bosch on how to pitch articles, click here

The Impact through Deforestation


Other students used their work to illustrate land tension complexities through the deforestation created by cattle farming in the Amazon and uranium mining in the Grand Canyon. Their work can be viewed in the below papers.

Student Testimonials


Collaborative Partners


  • Matthew Toro: Director of Maps, Imagery, and Geospatial Services, ASU Libraries
  • Seonaid Valiant: Curator for Latin American Studies, ASU Libraries
  • Renee James: Curator for the Greater Arizona Collection, ASU Libraries
  • – Rachel Martinez: STEM Librarian, ASU Libraries
  • Torie Bosch: Future Tense, Slate Magazine, Editor
  • – Dr. Tom Finbow: University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Professor
  • – Dr. Chris Brown: Independent Scholar, UK
  • – Raoni Rajao: Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Professor
  • – Alberto Mora: Federal University of Amapa, Brazil, MS Candidate
  • David Roche: Heard Museum, Director