Ben Lybarger

New DIY Camera Traps Heading to Peru This Summer

By Ishaan Raghunandan, Edited by Ben Lybarger Camera trapping has always been an exciting part of FPI’s research agenda. Although FPI works in two biodiversity hotspots, in both Peru and the Western Ghats of India, sightings of many terrestrial mammals is rare. Studying such elusive fauna without giving away your own presence is extremely challenging. Over the …

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Identification of animals and plants is an essential skill set

La Trobe University students learning how to identify plants near Falls Creek. Susan Lawler Susan Lawler, La Trobe University I have recently been made abundantly aware of the lack of field skills among biology students, even those who major in ecology. By field skills we mean the ability to identify plants and animals, to recognise …

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The Rise of Next Gen Science

Interview with Aaron Pomerantz By Kristina Aluzaite Investigating obscure and undiscovered insect species deep within rainforests with a portable Next Generation sequencer, studying colorful butterfly wing nanostructures, and talking science – that’s how Aaron Pomerantz, the Next Gen Scientist lives. Currently pursuing his PhD in Entomology at UC Berkeley on the topic of structural coloration …

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Amazing GRC

This Monkey Has More Followers Than You By Ben Lybarger In a culture endlessly seeking likes, loves, and comments, it may come as a shock to many that a tiny, grizzled tamarin in the remote Amazon has most of us beat. To be sure, she doesn’t have any social media accounts, and she has never …

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Ari and the Howler Monkey

One Student’s Photographic Quest In August 2016, FPI offered our first conservation photography workshop led by Ishaan Raghunandan in the Peruvian Amazon. The following is his account of student Ari Farzaneh’s journey to find and document her favorite Neotropical primate. Ari had won our photo contest this summer and was able to attend this workshop free of …

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No Monkey Left Behind

By Ben Lybarger | Photos by Ishaan Raghunandan It was a typical afternoon in the Amazon when suddenly a troop of capuchin monkeys stormed through camp in a bluster of bending branches and daring leaps. Almost anyone who witnesses such a commotion instantly admires the deft movements, and once your eyes lock with one of …

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Women in Science: Erin Kane

My dissertation research focuses on endocrine, ecological, and behavioral responses to changing food availability in Diana monkeys in the Tai Forest, Cote d’I’voire. As our blog series continues, FPI (formerly Primates Peru) is reconnecting with research assistants and collaborators from the past to see where their careers have taken them, and to highlight the possibilities of …

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