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Strangler figs: Silent assassins, diversity engines, rainforest timekeepers

[attention title=”Amazon Wired”]Varun Swamy, field course instructor (see Amazonian ABCs), is also one of the co-founders of the Amazon Wired project. Here he tells us how megaflora are really just as interesting as megafauna. This article originally appeared on the Rainforest Expeditions blog on June 19, 2017. To get to know Varun better, check out …

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Under (poo) Pressure

It was getting close to the end of the field season. We were tired, craving junk food, covered in ticks and… critically, short of monkey poops. Stefano and I were now the sole members of the 2017 Primate Poop Patrol, and it was our responsibility to go out every day into the rainforest and collect fresh …

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The Boom and Bust Rainforest

[attention title=”Amazon Wired”]Varun Swamy, field course instructor (see Amazonian ABCs), is also one of the co-founders of the Amazon Wired project. Here he documents the ever changing ebb and flow of a tropical rainforest. This article originally appeared on the Rainforest Expeditions blog on April 29, 2017. To get to know Varun better, log on …

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The Amazon is Wired: Citizen Science is plugged in and chugging along at Rainforest Expeditions

[attention title=”Amazon Wired”]Varun Swamy, field course instructor (see Amazonian ABCs), is also one of the co-founders of the Amazon Wired project. Here he tells us how the project was conceived. This article originally appeared on the Rainforest Expeditions blog on April 22, 2017. To get to know Varun better, log on to Reddit for a …

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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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The bite count is back!

In 2010, our first major field season took off with a blast. It spanned ten solid months, with research assistants staying with us for up to 5 month-long stretches. It was, in short, an incredible experience. Back then, we also sent out monthly bite counts of the team – it helped us let off some …

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The Chiky Basterd

We’ve written about how we came to be foster parents to a young saddleback tamarin before, but here is the story, told a little differently…

Sexing a primate

This is a family-friendly blog, but you can’t introduce your kids to wildlife if they are squeamish about bottoms. We all have bottoms and to a biologist, knowing a bit about bottoms is a serious advantage! One can spend weeks attempting to correctly sex all the individuals in a primate group, even with groups as …

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