Recently, several of us from the lab participated in a workshop organized by UF's Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program: "Tools and Strategies for Conservation and Development in the Amazon: Lessons Learned and Future Pathways". This workshop brought together ~105 individuals including academics, conservation and development practitioners, research scientists, lawyers, donors, indigenous people, from USA, [...]
Hot off the press! PhD candidate Flavia Montano with colleagues Luis Aguirre, Mercedes Gavilanez, and Richard Stevens published "Taxonomic and phylogenetic determinants of functional composition on Bolivian bat assemblages" in PLoS ONE (released 6 July 2016). You can access the publication here. Their work compiles a rich data set on bats from many habitats within [...]
Great news for PhD candidate Flavia Montano. Not one, but two research awards came this past week. The Rufford Foundation and World Wildlife Fund Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program both selected Flavia for funding in their competitive grants programs. Her dissertation research is focused on revealing what drives bird community assembly (especially mixed-species [...]
Winter break means field work! On my way back to Yasuni Biosphere Reserve today for another field season in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is year 16 for our project on population dynamics of tropical birds, with a special emphasis on manakins. This field trip I will find out if "old red" a 19+ yr old [...]
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!
PhD student Flavia Montano has had a pretty exciting summer so far. Besides conducting field work in the Bolivian Andes, Flavia learned that she has received two field research grants to support her dissertation research. One is from the Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research from the American Philosophical Society. Her second [...]