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Tropical Biology and Primatology, May 2014

Course Highlights

Los Amigos Biological Field Station

(Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Río Los Amigos)

Students: 11

Countries: 4

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Meet the Students:

One of our most popular courses, this early summer workshop included 11 students from four different countries with three instructors.

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Course Highlights:

On this course we saw some of the largest and most spectacular snakes the Amazon has to offer, and we got up close and personal with quite a few different rainforest residents.

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A foliage gleaner is not amused at being examined by a student – he soon made a clean getaway

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Students examine a smorgasbord of night insects attracted to some pretty special light – did you know that most of the moths in this image remain unknown to science even today?

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There is no joy like that of riding up the River of the Mother of God on your way to begin a long stay in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon

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The largest venomous snake in the forest – the bushmaster (Lachesis muta) – is a rare sighting we were most fortunate to observe. The beveled scales, diamond back, and classic viper-smile gave it away.

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A fallen log forms a natural bridge on the way to a mammal clay lick – and yes, it can handle all our weight combined!

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A beautiful adult anaconda (Eunectes murinus) basks in the sun along the Los Amigos River

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Binoculars abound as the students settle down for a ride up the Los Amigos River

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Climbing a 60m tower in the middle of the rainforest is a challenge and a privilege – here a student takes it on to enjoy the breathtaking view from the top

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One of the field station’s most endearing features – several flights of stairs before your reach camp!

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

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Ishaan studied the emergence of spiders at dusk in relation to taxonomy, behavior and light levels

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Anna studied carnal decay – or how meat products decompose – in various habitats in the rainforest, identifying the major players and other habitat variables that determined decomposition rates

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Kayla was curious about the creatures growing within water that collected in Heliconia flower petals

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Lauren studied the effects of disturbance on mammal sightings by conducting mammal surveys at increasing distances from camp

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Pooja studied ant (Cephalotes astratus) movement on a grid when displaced from their nest a short distance

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Toni studied what she suspected were giant armadillo or yungunturo (Priodontes maximus) dens along several trails at the site

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Krishna recorded ambient sounds at different times of day to try to detect harmonies in them – he found several scales that match the environment!

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Steven studied vigilance and flocking behavior in hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) on an ox-bow lake

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KC tested the reliability of camera trap vs. footprint analyses to measure mammal density on a trail

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Course Information
  • Course Id:P-M2014
  • Credits:3
  • Dates:May 20 - June 10, 2014

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