Year: 2015

7 Things You Might Not Know About India

By Ben Lybarger While many people imagine India to be an exotic yogic wonderland where existential fulfillment flows from a sonorous sea of heavenly sitars, others have a much darker and equally unrealistic view. Many of the headlines that infiltrate the Western consciousness have been decidedly negative, featuring everything from sexual harassment to terrorism, and …

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Meet a Field Biologist: Interview with Dr. Mini Erkenswick Watsa

In the minds of many people, the life of a field biologist can be overly romanticized, assumed to be exceptionally perilous, or sometimes even thought of as superfluous or escapist.  Of course, none of these notions accurately capture the experiences of those working in the field. For anyone interested in this type of career, FPI’s …

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brown titi monkey

Monkey Season

By Ben Lybarger * Pictured above: Brown titi monkey (Callicebus brunneus) In the tropics, the seasons can be determined by the amount of rainfall or alternatively, the number of monkeys in your immediate vicinity. While the latter is more of subjective measure, it is quite useful for researchers battling seasonal affective disorder. For these intrepid …

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Reluctant Birds

One of my favourite things about teaching field courses in tropical biology the way we do them at FPI is the sheer variety of activities one partakes in any given day. Just one morning can begin with mist-netting birds, and go on to practicing bird identification, collection of behavioral data from passing primate troupes, finally ending …

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