We are heading back to Ukumari Llakta to explore another remote valley of the eastern slopes of the Andes. The team is composed of Alessandro Catenazzi and Alex Shepack of SIUC, and Alex Ttito and Maria Isabel Diaz from Universidad San Antonio Abad Cusco. Our trip last year led to the discovery of several new species, one of which we have already described. Follow our progress as we discover new species and hike the high Andes tweeting with a GPS messenger: twitter.com/acatenazzi
Today our lab uploaded the first dataset to the Amphibian Disease Portal, which is an excellent website to share data on chytrid infection. The project is public and our raw data can be downloaded here. These data in the aggregated form were included in a recent species description.
Our lab research on the impacts of chytrid and climate change on amphibian biodiversity is featured this month in the Newsletter of the Amazon Conservation Association (ACA). ACA and its sister organization Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica own and manage the biological stations where we work in southern Peru. Read more at http://bit.ly/24jLTsR
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