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Conservation

The art of taxonomy: how is a new species described?

The art of taxonomy: how is a new species described?

25th January 2021 by Dr Tom Martin & Dr Danny Haelewaters

Dr Tom Martin – Operation Wallacea, Old Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire, UK Danny Haelewaters – Research Group Mycology, Department of Biology, Ghent University, K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.   Taxonomy (the science of naming of species) is of fundamental importance to both biologists…

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Field Notes Entry 2: Fabiola Rodriguez

Field Notes Entry 2: Fabiola Rodriguez

19th January 2021 by Beth Newark

Bio: Fabiola Rodriguez is a Honduran ecologist and doctoral candidate at Tulane University studying how coffee production impacts overwintering birds. We talk to Fabiola about coffee production in Northern Honduras and how it impacts bird populations that spend winter in Central America….

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Field Notes Entry 1: Dr Tom Martin

Field Notes Entry 1: Dr Tom Martin

18th January 2021 by Beth Newark

Bio: Tom is a conservation scientist with a broad range of research interests, having completed over 20 expeditions in nine countries. He joined his first Operation Wallacea expedition in 2005, when he completed his undergraduate dissertation examining the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance…

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Science Snacks: Amphibian chytrid fungus in rainwater

Science Snacks: Amphibian chytrid fungus in rainwater

14th January 2021 by Beth Newark

  Paper Title: Presence of amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in rainwater suggests aerial dispersal is possible Micro-podcast: If you would rather listen to the summary, check out episodes of our micro-podcast, Science Snacks, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.  …

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Science Snacks: Climate Change & the Bird Community of Cusuco National Park, Honduras

Science Snacks: Climate Change & the Bird Community of Cusuco National Park, Honduras

14th January 2021 by Beth Newark

  Paper Title: Elevational changes in the avian community of a Mesoamerican cloud forest park Micro-podcast: If you would rather listen to the summary, check out episodes of our micro-podcast, Science Snacks, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Paper Summary: Cloud…

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How do you survey large, African mammals?

How do you survey large, African mammals?

7th October 2020 by Dr Heather Gilbert

When you think of African mammals, you’re probably jumping straight to the large, charismatic species like lions, leopards, elephants and rhinos. These endangered species absolutely require detailed research, but they pose two quite significant issues to researchers trying to investigate the ecosystem…

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The Challenges of Collecting Data Underwater

The Challenges of Collecting Data Underwater

7th October 2020 by Shannon Cameron

How do you collect reliable, repeatable data underwater when researchers can’t talk to each other, check books and ID charts, or take longer than 50minutes (because they’ll run out of air in their tank)?! Each summer, Operation Wallacea (Opwall) staff and volunteers…

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Marvellous Manatees

Marvellous Manatees

9th September 2020 by Christina Hunt

Whenever we visited the site of La Ensenada in Tela bay, Honduras we always told the students about the legendary manatee that was once spotted there. There was no photo evidence, so none of us believed it. But last summer, all of that changed. …

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What’s in a name? Species identification and conservation efforts

What’s in a name? Species identification and conservation efforts

8th September 2020 by Darren O'Connell & Tom Martin

In a recent letter in the journal Science we examined the potential conflicts between the time it can take to obtain the type specimens necessary to describe new species, and the need to provide effective conservation actions for undescribed species at immediate…

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Calakmul goes digital… again! Generating biodiversity data from home using previous opportunistic records through iNaturalist

Calakmul goes digital… again! Generating biodiversity data from home using previous opportunistic records through iNaturalist

28th May 2020 by José António L. Barão-Nóbrega

Written by José António L. Barão-Nóbrega, photos courtesy of José António L. Barão-Nóbrega, Sophie Elliott, Sara Ferreiro Carballal, Josh Phangurha, and Ciara Loughrey If you are like me and love being out in the field you might have experienced a series of…

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