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Tropical Biology and Primatology, July 2014

Course Highlights

Los Amigos Biological Field Station

Students: 7

Countries: 3

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Meet the Students:

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This course was small but diverse, with students hailing from three countries, led by two experienced instructors – Gideon Erkenswick and Alice Poirier.

 

Course Highlights:

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Perched at the top of a 30m-tall tree, students get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest canopy

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One of the smallest neotropical snakes in existence – Leptotyphlops diaplocius is often mistaken for a worm until you see its tongue emerge!

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A red brocket deer (Mazama americana) is caught unawares by our course while riding up the pristine Los Amigos River

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A puma (Puma concolor) saunters past our camera traps, with not one but TWO cubs in tow!

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Students see an incredibly gorgeous bird, a band-tailed manakin (Pipra fasciicauda), up close during a mist-netting session

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A dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus troglodytes) emerges from under a log as students cross a small stream in the floodplain forest

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An Amazon tree boa (Corallus hortulanus) settles under a cabin and is gently returned to the forest

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We are surprised by a three-striped arrow poison dart frog (Ameerga trivittata) on a night hike

Independent Projects:

In this course, each student undertook an independent study into a topic of their choice. The options were limitless: they could pick a project on anything from insects to large primates. Each student submitted a proposal for their project, which was reviewed by the instructors. Once they had a plan in place, they spent three days carrying out their study. At the end, all results were presented in 10-min talks to everyone present at the field station.

Ashley investigated dominance hierarchies in emperor tamarins (Saguinus imperator): are dominant individuals more likely to feed first and also most often?

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Walter studied the differences between lichens in terra firme and floodplain forests at the site

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Madeline was interested in whether ants behaved differently when in undisturbed forest as opposed to nearest camp – her illustrations of the different species helped her answer this question

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Irina conducted feeding experiments to examine the relationship between the different senses – olfaction/taste/vision – in emperor tamarins (Saguinus imperator)

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Kaelyn assessed titi monkey (Callicebus brunneus) responses to an ornate hawk eagle vocalization, specifically assessing if vigilance behaviors increased

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Worrell investigated if neotropical bird abundances were different based on habitat using observational surveys along trails.

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Course Information
  • Course Id:P-J2014
  • Credits:3
  • Dates:July 20 - Aug 10

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