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Collecting Bat Acoustic Data Using Passive Recorders in Costa Rica

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Greetings friends, This is my first foreign correspondence while I am doing research on bats in Costa Rica. I will be following up at the end of my trip to sum up what I have learned from this experience. Currently, I am conducting acoustic surveys across Costa Rica using two Wildlife Acoustics SM4BAT full-spectrum passive… Continue reading

Game of Survival: Reproduction, Food, and Play?

Published on: Author: ngonza11 1 Comment

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

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

How do baby poison dart frogs get their poison??

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Recent study at La Selva Biological Station reveals that even tadpoles of Oophaga pumilio have poison.   In a recent study, Styonski and colleagues surveyed tadpoles, juvenile and adults of the strawberry poison dart frog to try to determine in which life stages the frogs gain their poisonous alkaloids that so efficiently repel predators. This… Continue reading