Fun trip to Lee County

By | April 22nd, 2015|birds, teaching, tropical|

On 18 April, Bette got a chance to travel to Fort Myers, Florida in Lee County to participate in a fun-filled bird day hosted by University of Florida Extension.  The event had over 50 amateur bird enthusiasts that had spent much of 17 April looking at shorebirds at several birding hotspots in the area.  Bette [...]

New grants and papers from the lab

By | January 17th, 2015|birds, Costa Rica, ecology, field station, graduate students, research, tropical|

Flavia Montano was recently awarded a Field Museum Visiting Scholarship to travel to the Field Museum in Chicago and work with Dr. John Bates.  She will likely make this journey in Fall 2015 to examine and measure museum specimens of Bolivian birds as part of her dissertation research examining community assemblage and variation in functional traits along [...]

Join us at UF – New tenure-track position open in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

By | December 4th, 2014|teaching, tropical, WEC|

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation has a new tenure-track position open for an Assistant Professor in Global Change Ecology.  We are looking for someone to develop an internationally recognized research program related to global change impacts on wildlife and biodiversity.  The individual would be expected to: 1) teach an innovative, state-of-the-art undergraduate course [...]

Host-parasite data from Ecuador and the Ozarks used to test hypotheses regarding reciprocal specialization

By | October 27th, 2014|Amazon, birds, disease, malaria, research, tropical|

Are host-parasite systems more specialized in the tropics than in the temperate zones?  We asked this question using community-wide data on avian malaria parasites in the Ecuadorean Amazon and in the Ozarks.  In both systems we found that host-parasite were highly specialized, much more so than expected by chance.  Tropical birds also tended to have [...]

PhD Student Flavia Montano receives IDEA WILD grant

By | September 3rd, 2014|graduate students, research, tropical, WEC|

Congratulations to PhD student Flavia Montano for receiving a grant worth ~$750 from IDEA WILD. Flavia came to UF from Bolivia and is currently in her second year in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.  She is interested in examining how species and functional diversity change along environmental gradients.  Her grant from IDEA WILD will provide some critical [...]

Conserving biodiversity in palm plantations

By | August 22nd, 2014|biodiversity, development, ecology, graduate students, Peru, tropical|

Near Tarapoto, Peru, a private company is clearing rain forests to establish a heart-of-palm plantation.  The company is interested in mitigating the impacts to biological diversity and has planned to leave 25 m buffers around existing streams and wetland areas. Farah Carrasco Rueda is a PhD student in SNRE and TCD and a Peruvian national. She [...]

Mammals use natural canopy bridges to cross over gas pipelines

By | July 24th, 2014|camera, research, TCD, tropical|

PhD Student Farah Carrasco's work with Dr. Tremaine Gregory from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute showed that > 20 mammal species used natural canopy bridges to cross over linear clearings resulting from natural gas pipelines in the Peruvian rain forests.  The article published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution (Vol. 5: 443, 2014) was recent [...]

Two Former PhD Students are Plenary Speakers in Costa Rica

By | June 26th, 2014|biodiversity, conference, conservation, Costa Rica, tropical|

Dr. C. Daniel Cadena (Universidad de los Andes, Bogota) and Dr. Jeff Norris (UWC, Costa Rica & Natural Solutions) are both scheduled to give Plenary talks at the IV Costa Rica Ornithological Congress in San Jose (22-24 July 2014).  Daniel's talk is entitled "Por que es tan alta diversidad de aves en el norte de [...]

UF-OTS Graduate Specialty Course in Costa Rica

By | June 17th, 2014|Costa Rica, courses, ecology, field station, graduate students, interdisciplinary, OTS, TCD, teaching, tropical|

Bette joined the on-going UF-OTS graduate specialty course in Costa Rica and spent a stimulating day discussing biodiversity conservation issues with law professors from Costa Rica and UF, law and natural resource students from Costa Rica, Colombia and the US. The course, Tropical Conservation and Sustainable Development: Law, Policy and Practice, combines lectures, field site [...]

OTS launches crowdfunding campaign to give students and researchers a boost

By | May 25th, 2014|Costa Rica, field station, graduate students, OTS, research, South Africa, teaching, tropical|

The staff at OTS  (@OTS_OET) have put their creativity hats on once again!  They developed a wish list for items that would enrich the daily experiences of researchers and students at their varied field sites in South Africa and Costa Rica.  To obtain these items, they are counting on a crowdfunding campaign to raise the [...]