Game of Survival: Reproduction, Food, and Play?

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According to Darwinian theories, nature is locked in a vicious cycle for the survival of the fittest. This cycle involves the evolution of behaviors and adaptations that allow a species to survive and reproduce over time.  A process known as natural selection. However, by strictly following these theories, one would not be able to address… Continue reading

Automating Science: Identifying Species using Advanced Audio Technology

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Date:  July 16, 2013 Source:  PeerJ, La Selva Biological Research Station Researchers in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico are embracing new digital recording technologies to accurately identify animal, bird, and insect species living in the forest.  They have developed an Automated Remote Biodiversity Monitoring Network (ARBIMON) that records information 24 hours a day and determines… Continue reading

Forest-land use complementarily modifies community structure of a tropical hepetofauna

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A recent study conducted in the landscape surrounding La Selva Biological Station, of northeastern Costa Rica, found that landscape matrix really matters for tropical reptiles and amphibians. La Selva is located adjacent to the Braulio Carrilio Nation Park, however, the landscape surrounding La Selva Biological Station is a mixture of pasture, plantations, fragmented forest and… Continue reading

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Peccaries

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Date: June 8, 2017 Source: Michel, N. L., Sherry, T. W., & Carson, W. P. (2013). The omnivorous collared peccary negates an insectivore-generated trophic cascade in Costa Rican wet tropical forest understory. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 30(01), 1-11. Summary: Leaf-litter disturbance by omnivorous peccaries can reverse trophic cascades. In tropical forest, insectivores, such as birds… Continue reading

The diets of tropical birds are not influencing population changes

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Source: Boyle W.A., Sigel B.J. 2015. Ongoing changes in the avifauna of La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica: Twenty-three years of Christmas Bird Counts. Biological Conservation 188: 11-21 Summary: Contrary to previous research, recent research has found that the diets of tropical birds are not a main factor that affect affect bird communities. Instead, body… Continue reading

Wanted for the murder of lizards: Climate Change

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“Global temperature increases over the next century are predicted to contribute to the extinction of a number of taxa, including up to 40 % of all lizard species.” Frightening way to start a scientific paper, but even more so when you realize the drastic implications that this study brings about.   By using a cross examination… Continue reading