Newswise — Researchers across the Americas look to forests for power, transportation fuel and heat. Several dozen of those researchers from Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay and the US met in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico to discuss bioenergy.

The work is part of the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Kathy Halvorsen, a professor of natural resource policy at Michigan Technological University, helps lead the PIRE research group, which is highly interdisciplinary.

“As we move forward with the project spanning six countries, I am always thinking about how are we going to be able to answer our research questions,” Halvorsen says, adding the project spans social, natural and engineering sciences. “We have to think about how we do our research so we can compare and integrate our data across the countries and disciplines.”

The accompanying video here lays out how the PIRE bioenergy team tackles big, global challenges through a localized lens. The key: working together.