Documenting display behavior of blue-backed manakins

By | November 12th, 2017|Amazon, birds, Ecuador, lek, manakins, sexual selection|

As part of her MS thesis, Ghislaine Cardenas, co-advised by C. Daniel Cadena (Univ. de los Andes) and Bette Loiselle (Univ. Florida), described the display behavior, vocalizations, and social organization of the blue-backed manakin (Chiroxiphia pareola napensis) in Amazon of Ecuador at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station.  Males of blue-backed manakins display cooperatively for females in [...]

Long-term study of manakins in its 17th year

By | January 1st, 2017|Amazon, birds, ecology, Ecuador, manakins, research, sexual selection|

We began this long-term project on birds, with a particular focus on manakins (Aves: Pipridae) in January of 2001.  The site - Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Yasuni Biosphere Reserve - is in western Amazonia and is arguably one of the most biodiverse-rich locations on the planet.  The field station is operated by the Universidad San Francisco [...]

Hernan Alvarez joins other WCS Gators in Ecuador

By | September 22nd, 2016|conservation, Ecuador, graduate students, TCD|

Hernan Alvarez received his TCD graduate certificate and M. Sc. degree from Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at UF in the Loiselle lab in 2015.  Shortly after that he returned to Ecuador as the "Technician in Community-based and Participatory Management" at Wildlife Conservation Society program in Ecuador.  He uses his experiences working with indigenous communities and conservation [...]

Rosy Padron arrives at US Embassy in Quito!

By | March 15th, 2016|Amazon, Ecuador|

UF undergrad Rosy Padron is conducting an internship with the Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy in Quito, Ecuador.  She has just arrived and is getting to know Quito.  Stay tuned to hear updates from Rosy as she explores Quito, works with the embassy and later heads to the Amazon.  The Loiselle lab is [...]

Heading back to the Amazon

By | December 24th, 2015|Amazon, biodiversity, Bolivia, camera, Ecuador, research|

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 [...]

Wrapping up The Amazon seminar

By | December 14th, 2015|Amazon, Brazil, courses, Ecuador, graduate students, interdisciplinary, LAS, Peru, TCD, teaching|

I had the distinct privilege of co-teaching The Amazon seminar with Dr. Marianne Schmink in Fall 2015 - what a great experience!  Marianne has been teaching this foundation inter-disciplinary seminar since 1981 when she first taught the course with Drs. Charles Wagley and Chuck Wood.  This fall we had 16 fabulous students and several faculty [...]

Hernan Alvarez finishes his M. Sc. degree

By | December 14th, 2015|Amazon, conservation, development, Ecuador, graduate students, interdisciplinary|

Congratulations to Hernan Alvarez who successfully defended his M. Sc. thesis on 2 November and turned in his thesis on 2 December 2015.  His thesis, entitled "Perceptions, participation, and success in two community-based programs in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon", examined stakeholder responses to two environmental monitoring programs in the Amazon.  Hernan is back in Ecuador [...]

Climate change impacts birds in western Amazonia?

By | August 26th, 2015|Amazon, birds, climate change, Ecuador|

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 [...]

Gonzalo Rivas – the FIRST UF Gator PhD from the lab

By | August 9th, 2015|ecology, Ecuador, graduate students|

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 [...]

Ecuador Ambassador Nathalie Cely visits UF

By | October 29th, 2014|Ecuador, graduate students, TCD|

Ecuador's Ambassador to the United States Nathalie Cely visited the University of Florida on 28-29 March.  She met with faculty from the Center for Latin American Studies on Thursday afternoon, as well as Ecuadorian graduate students from across campus.  Students from the Loiselle and Blake labs, and other students in UF's Tropical Conservation and Development [...]