As part of the paper, we consider what research has been done on anthropogenic impacts in tropical forests and where that research has been done. In fact, we studied a subset of the entire peer-reviewed literature carried out in tropical forests for the last five years. Here's what we came up with:
On the whole, the takeaway message is that there is a disproportionate amount of research in Mesoamerica relative to its size.
While many of us may be cognizant of this geographic bias, there has been no systematic effort (that I am aware of) to correct it. The advantages of research station infrastructure are obvious, as are the disadvantages of a knowledge base focused on such a small proportion of the Tropics. As a community, it may be time for a strategic plan for the future of tropical science. In the absence of such an approach, I fear that we'll never truly understand the impacts of the Anthropocene.
A high resolution version of the figure, the figure legend, and the underlying data are freely available. Of course, do read the paper for all the interpretation....and please send me an email if you have thoughts.