Mongabay published a great article by Justin Catanoso about the ecological work in the Kosñipata Valley bordering Manu National Park, in the Amazonian Andes of southern Peru. The article documents the meeting organized for the 20th anniversary of ABERG, the Andean Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group, including a summary of the main findings from the different research teams of ecologists, botanists, zoologists, ecosystem and earth scientists composing the ABERG.
Citation: ‘What we need to protect and why’: 20-year Amazon research hints at fate of tropics
The lab attended the annual Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Norfolk, VA from July 12 to 16. Anne, Rachel and Alessandro gave talks.
Anne presented her research on the impact of carbon nanoparticles on the growth, development, and telomere length of tadpoles (co-authors: Yiqun Zhou, A. Catenazzi).
Rachel explored whether chytrid avoidance is an innate or learned behavior in the strawberry poison frog.
Alessandro talked about two years of mark-recapture of direct developing frogs in the Amazonian Andes (co-authors: Isabel Diaz, Hamlet Maza, William Ttito, Jon Adamski), i.e. preliminary results from the NSF-funded and ongoing research previously described here.
Mo Donnelly (Alessandro's former doctoral advisor) received the Henry Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology! This is the highest distinction conferred by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Congratulations Mo!
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