Farah Carrasco Rueda is off to Peru on 30 April to begin her pilot field season examining the conservation value of forest trips in palm plantations. Farah is funded by a TCD field research grant.

Oscar Gonzalez left for Carpish Mountains of Peru on 1 May to wrap up data collection for his PhD dissertation that examines pollination networks in elfin forests.

Hernan Alvarez will head shortly (5 May) to Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador where he is examining the impacts of wildlife monitoring programs conducted by local indigenous communities in association with NGOs.

Flavia Montano is off to the Madidi region of Bolivia in 2 weeks (14 May) to begin her pilot field season where she will investigate community assembly along an elevational gradient. Flavia is funded by a TCD field research grant.

Bette Loiselle will visit Costa Rica to participate in a field course taught by UF law professor Tom Ankersen in June and then head to Madre de Dios region in Peru to work with USAID HED ICAA II collaborators.

Gonzalo Rivas spent much of March and April in the Galapagos finishing up data collection for his dissertation research investigating plant recruitment in novel ecosystems – he will hold down the fort for us in Gainesville this summer, along with visiting FAPESP post-doc Cesar Cestari.