We are into the second year of our MacArthur-funded project to strengthen indigenous federations and communities they represent in the eastern buffer zone of Cordillera Azul National Park, Peru. Read more about Our quality-of-life programs in Cordillera Azul’s buffer zone begin to yield results
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ECCo has worked with the Cofan indigenous people in Ecuador for more than 10 years. Our joint efforts have included four rapid inventories that led Ecuadorean authorities to recognize and protect Cofan ancestral lands. We also are charting a Cofan ancestral territories map. Our latest collaboration focuses on the Cofan sharing lessons learned in their successful park guard program with other indigenous groups. We began this effort during our rapid inventory in the Gueppi region of Ecuador and Peru in 2007. Read more about Indigenous collaborations deepen along the Ecuador-Peru border
GRAHAM HAVILAND Junior Biology major at The University of Chicago REU Mentors: Dr. Robert Martin (Curator, Anthropology) and Edna Davion (Graduate Student, Anthropology). Symposium Presentation Title: Functionality of the Short Wave Sensitive Opsin in Euarchonta Read more about Do some nocturnal Malaysian mammals see in color?
STEPHANIE M. SMITH Junior Biology major at Johns Hopkins University REU Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Angielczyk (Curator, Geology) Symposium Presentation Title: Do orbit dimensions predict daily activity patterns in rodents? Read more about Do skeletal dimensions predict daily activity patterns in rodents?
ELIZABETH EVERMAN Junior Biology major at William Jewell College REU Mentor: Dr. Leo Smith (Curator, Zoology, Fishes) Symposium Presentation Title: The phylogeny of scorpionfishes and stonefishes (Teleostei: Scorpaenoidei) and its implications for the evolution of venom Read more about Tracing the Evolution of Venom in Scorpionfishes and Waspfishes
KATHERINE ANDERSON Junior Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor REU Mentors: Dr. Rüdiger Bieler (Curator, Zoology, Invertebrates) and Dr. André Sartori (Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology, Invertebrates) Symposium Presentation Title: Diversity of Venus clams: building an online resource for species identification Read more about Bivalves in Time and Space (BiTS): Clams as tools to understand macroevolution
HANNAH WIRTSHAFTER Junior Biological Sciences major at Carnegie Mellon University REU Mentors: Dr. Rüdiger Bieler (Curator, Zoology, Invertebrates) and Dr. Sid Staubach (Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology, Invertebrates) Symposium Presentation Title: Flexing our Mussels: Comparative Bivalve Gill Morphology Read more about The Bivalve Tree of Life
GREGOR-FAUSTO SIEGMUND Sophomore Biological Sciences major at The University of Chicago REU Mentor: Dr. Peter Makovicky (Curator, Geology) Symposium Presentation Title: Measuring the quality of the avian fossil record to explain the ‘rock-clock’ divide of the avian evolutionary timescale. Read more about Calibrating phylogenies: are we using the right fossils?
WILLIAM MONTAG Sophomore Biological Sciences major at Bowdoin College REU Mentors: Dr. Corrie S. Moreau (Curator, Zoology, Insects), Dr. Stefanie Kautz (Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology, Insects), and Benjamin E. Rubin (Graduate Student, Zoology, Insects) Symposium Presentation Title: The evolution of mutualism in plant-ants Read more about Strategies of acacia-ants: to grow or to reproduce?
WARREN CHATWIN Sophomore Genetics and Biotechnology major at Brigham Young University REU Mentor: Dr. Thorsten Lumbsch (Curator, Botany) Symposium Presentation Title: Resolving Species Limitations Among the Lichen Genus Melanohalea Read more about Resolving Species Delimitations in Lichens