Oscar Gonzalez defended his PhD dissertation on Friday, November 20. His committee included Drs. Emilio Bruna, Rob Fletcher, and Ignacio Porzecanski. Next step - make revisions and get the dissertation into the Graduate School by 2 December 2015. Congratulations Oscar and many thanks to his fabulous committee! Update: After turning in his dissertation on 9 [...]
Many "Gators", present and past, participated at the Andes Amazon Biodiversity Conservation BIOCONPERU from 15-18 October 2015. Farah Carrasco helped in the organization and running of the conference, while Rodrigo Medellin, Alfonso Alonso, and Bette Loiselle provided two of the plenary lectures.
Rodrigo Medellin, international renowned conservation biologist and professor at UNAM-Mexico visited the University of Florida where he gave an inspiring talk about his work in Mexico to a packed house in Newins-Ziegler Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department. Rodrigo was instrumental in getting the bat houses established near Lake Alice while a graduate student at UF [...]
WEC PhD student Flavia Montano, joins labmate Farah Carrascco Rueda, in being awarded the Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe scholarship from UF’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This $2000 award recognizes Flavia’s work in examining functional diversity and community assembly of birds along montane gradients in Bolivia. Congrats Flavia and Farah!
Our new paper, Enigmatic declines in bird numbers in lowland forest of eastern Ecuador may be a consequence of climate change, reports on widespread declines in bird populations across species within a largely undisturbed forest of western Amazonia. Populations varied but were largely stable until recent years when both species found in understory and canopy [...]
SNRE PhD student Farah Carrasco Rueda received the Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe scholarship from UF's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This $2000 award recognizes Farah's work on Neotropical bats in Peru.
Well, where did summer 2015 go? The semester starts tomorrow and the lab is heading back from all kinds of places - Peruvian Amazon, Bolivian Andes, Peruvian Andes, Ecuador Amazon, among others. We welcome new PhD student Michael Esbach who spent his summer in the Solomon Islands, and in western Amazonia (Ecuador). Looking forward to [...]
Congratulations to Dr. Gonzalo Rivas for receiving his PhD degree at UF's graduation ceremony on 7 August 2015 at the O'Connell Center. Gonzalo, pictured here with UF President Kent Fuchs, will soon start an assistant professor position at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. There he will continue his ecological research in the Amazon [...]
Summer is a busy time and the lab is off to several meetings to present their findings: Association for Tropical Biology, 2015 (12-16 July, Honolulu, Hawaii): Gonzalo Rivas-Torres, Luke Flory, Damian Adams, & Bette Loiselle. Experimental removal of an exotic canopy-forming tree has mixed effects on native and non-native flora in the Galapagos. Neotropical Ornithological [...]
Congratulations to PhD candidate Oscar Gonzalez from Peru who will receive a World Wildlife Fund Russell E. Train Education for Nature Fellowship for Fall 2015, his final semester at UF. Oscar's research has centered around birds in high elevation forests of the Peruvian Andes. His dissertation works explores the interactions between birds and flowering plants [...]