May 2017

Amazon Dams Network first RCN meeting coming soon in Flagstaff, Arizona

Funded by NSF's Dynamics of Coupled Natural-Human Systems, the Amazon Dams Network will meet with partners from UF Geological Survey, Federal Universities of Tocantins and Rondonia in brazil, Northern Arizona University, among others, in Flagstaff, Arizona from 14-18 May.  This first RCN workshop will promote cross-sectorial dialogue and learning across [...]

March 2017

Amazon Dams Network awarded a UF Biodiversity Institute seed grant

The newly created UF Biodiversity Institute (UFBI) awarded a Faculty Interdisciplinary Seed Grant to a joint effort by UF faculty, students and Brazilian collaborators of the Amazon Dams Network (Rede Barragens Amazônicas -ADN/RBA), hosted in the Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD) in the Center for Latin American Studies, in [...]

Farah Carrasco awarded Global Bat Conservation Priorities grant

Bat Conservation International recognized the dissertation research of PhD candidate Farah Carrasco with a $5000 Global Bat Conservation Priorities grant PLUS a $1000 Women in Conservation Science special recognition.  Farah is studying bat communities in the Amazon of Peru with a focus on examining how agricultural land [...]

January 2017

Long-term study of manakins in its 17th year

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 [...]

Farah Carrasco publishes new paper in Biotropica

Do primates avoid areas disturbed by infrastructure development?  Find out what PhD candidate Farah Carrasco Rueda found out in a study with colleagues at Smithsonian Institution - Tremie Gregory, Jessica Deichmann, Joseph Kolowski and Alfonso Alonso.  Published in Biotropica, Farah and colleagues examined how primates used a forest area before, [...]

December 2016

Study on bird-flowering plant interactions published

The main product of Dr. Oscar Gonzalez dissertation was recently published in the open access journal PeerJ.  This study examined the interactions between birds and flowering plants in elfin forest of the high Andes in Peru.  The study tests the importance of neutral processes and biological constraints in influencing species [...]

September 2016

Hernan Alvarez joins other WCS Gators in Ecuador

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 [...]

Oscar Gonzalez accepts Assistant Professor position at Emmanuel College

Oscar earned his PhD in 2015 from UF's School from Natural Resources and the Environment.  His dissertation research explored species interactions between flowering plants and birds in elfin forests of the high Andes in Peru.  In August 2016, he moved to a new faculty position teaching undergraduate biology at Emmanuel [...]

Manakin Genomics Research Coordination Network group meets in SERC

The second annual meeting of the NSF-funded Manakin Genomics Research Coordination Network met from 13-16 August at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland.  43 individuals participated including graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs, faculty and research scientists from Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, and Peru.  This meeting focused on advancing [...]

July 2016

Diego Garcia receives Peruvian government fellowship!

Congratulations to incoming PhD student Diego Garcia for receiving a prestigious Peruvian CONCYTEC fellowship to cover years 3-5 at University of Florida in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation graduate program.  This fellowship will complement funding he has received from LASPAU-Fulbright program for years 1 and 2, together with tuition support from the [...]

New publication on Bolivian bat assemblages by Flavia Montano

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 [...]

Flavia Montano receives two field grants for Bolivia research

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 [...]

June 2016

May 2016

Exciting week of nothing but seed dispersal

From 9-13 May, Bette spent one glorious week talking about seed dispersal at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center under the excellent leadership of a dynamic trio of young women scientists: Noelle Beckman (SESYNC), Clare Aslan NAU) and Haldre Rogers (Iowa State University).  This team had assembled a stellar cast of empirical, [...]

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December 2015

Hernan Alvarez finishes his M. Sc. degree

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.  [...]

November 2015

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August 2015

Double Play! Flavia Montano receives CALS scholarship!!

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. [...]

July 2015

Oscar Gonzalez receives WWF Russell E. Train Fellowship

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 [...]

April 2015

January 2015

New grants and papers from the lab

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 [...]

December 2014

Trip to UNESP and Parque Estadual Intervales

Just back from a trip to visit colleagues Marco Pizo and Cesar Cestari at UNESP in Rio Claro.  We are in year 2 of a Science without Borders project investigating how male reproductive status influences their fruit foraging decisions.  During this trip we advanced significantly on some data analysis from [...]

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

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 [...]

November 2014

Flavia Montano publishes new paper

Flavia and colleagues explore how habitat disturbance impacts species- and community-level responses of bats in the Andes in a new paper published in Acta Oecologica. Their study shows that at the individual species level, bats behavior and activity patterns can change even with low to moderate levels at disturbance.  Such responses [...]

October 2014

September 2014

PhD Student Flavia Montano receives IDEA WILD grant

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 [...]

PhD Student Oscar Gonzalez wins UF-CALS award

Oscar Gonzalez was recently awarded the "Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship" from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Florida.  This competitive award is based on "merit and potential for contribution to the agricultural and wildlife environment". More about this and other CALS [...]

August 2014

Conserving biodiversity in palm plantations

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 [...]

July 2014

Mammals use natural canopy bridges to cross over gas pipelines

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. [...]

June 2014

Two Former PhD Students are Plenary Speakers in Costa Rica

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 [...]

UF-OTS Graduate Specialty Course in Costa Rica

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 [...]

May 2014

SAVE Brasil wins 2014 Muriqui Award

Our heartfelt congratulations to the Society for the Conservation of Birds of Brazil  SAVE Brasil for winning the 2014 Muriqui  Award for their work on protecting birds and forest habitat in the highly endangered ecosystems of the Atlantic Forests of southeast Brazil.  This award is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards [...]

Lab heads off to the field for summer 2014!

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 [...]

April 2014

Lab members receive field research grants

Congratulations to Farah Carrasco Rueda, PhD student in SNRE, and Flavia Montano, PhD student in WEC, who both received field research grants from Tinker funds in the Center for Latin American Studies as part of the Tropical Conservation and Development program grant competition. Farah will work in Peru on a [...]

March 2014

Article on Arboreal Camera Trapping

Check out this new article:  Arboreal camera trapping: taken a proven method to new heights doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12177  Farah Carrasco Rueda (PhD student at UF) and her colleagues describe the effectiveness of putting cameras in the canopy to measure animal movement across natural canopy "bridges" that cross a natural gas pipeline clearing.

January 2014

OTS Graduate Courses

OTS is teaching a new graduate-level course on climate change in China in summer 2014.  The course is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  Check it out here. Also this summer we (Tom Ankersen, Franklin Paniagua, Richard Hamann from UF Levin College of Law) are [...]

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