Here's a short post to introduce the team. The idea was to take a selfie but the thermographic camera does not allow such picture...hence I (Alessandro) am missing from the image, but some of you will certainly recognize, from left to right: Alex Shepack (he keeps trying to divert traffic from this lab blog to his website), Mike Britton who's a doctoral student with Mo Donnelly at Florida International University, and Alex Ttito from the Universidad San Antonio Abad in Cusco. As you can see this enthusiastic team is able to stay warm when frog hunting at 3000 m despite incessant rain and temperatures around 10-12 C. We use the thermographic camera to measure body temperatures of frogs along the Andean slopes and down to the Amazonian lowlands -- see below the image of a Pristimantis pharangobates calling from a branch. This photo was taken yesterday night at a place where a long line of trucks, buses and cars that were stuck behind a landslide were spending the night (and are presumably spending much of today as well). The landslide has interrupted traffic along the road connecting Cusco to the Amazon lowlands, so we will only be able to visit highland sites above the landslide in the next few days.
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