Field Notes Entry 4: Gerardo Orozco

Field Notes Entry 4: Gerardo Orozco

15th February 2021 by Beth Newark

Bio: Gerardo is the owner and manager of Akumal Dive Center, the oldest dive shop in Akumal Bay, and Opwall’s partner for marine research in Mexico. Gerardo ended up in the field of conservation somewhat by accident. He studied business and after…

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Field Notes Entry 3: Dr Kathy Slater

Field Notes Entry 3: Dr Kathy Slater

29th January 2021 by Beth Newark

  Bio: Kathy is the Research Manager and Senior Scientist of Operation Wallacea’s Mexico project. Kathy works for the UK office, but is based in Mexico year round. Kathy has lived and worked in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico for 15 years,…

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Science Snacks: Turtles in Akumal Bay, Mexico

Science Snacks: Turtles in Akumal Bay, Mexico

29th January 2021 by Beth Newark

Paper Title: Report on the Monitoring of Green Sea Turtles and Sea Grasses in Akumal Bay Mexico 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…

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Science Snacks: Climate Change in Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

Science Snacks: Climate Change in Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

29th January 2021 by Beth Newark

  Paper Title: Climate change, aguadas and herpetofaunal community structure in Calakmul biosphere reserve, Campeche, Mexico 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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Why do taxonomists need to take specimens?

Why do taxonomists need to take specimens?

28th January 2021 by Dr Tom Martin

This is very common question (and a good one!). It does seem paradoxical that zoologists need to take physical specimens from a species in order to ultimately preserve it, but that is very much the case! There are two parts to this…

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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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