- From 2-18 July 2013 Jason Weckstein, Vasyl Tkach, Josh Engel, and Heather Skeen were in Brazil working with CoPI Alexandre Aleixo and his team to survey birds and their parasites in Reserva Biologica do Gurupi in Maranhão, which is one of the largest remaining tracks of Amazonian forest in the Belém area of endemism. Soon we will post a page with a slide show of photos from the expedition.
On 10 May 2013 Nathan Trautenberg a Northwestern University undergraduate student working as a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates intern with Jason Weckstein and John Bates was recently awarded a Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Grant for summer research. Nathan will use this award to help fund a summer of research abroad in Belem, Brazil in the laboratory of CoPI Alexandre Aleixo (Curator, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Belem, Brazil).
In the July 2012 issue of The Auk, Bird Division and University of Chicago (Committee on Evolutionary Biology) graduate student Ben Winger and Bird Division Staff Scientist Jason Weckstein with colleagues Glenn Seeholzer and Michael Harvey (Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science) and Daniel Cáceres (Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional de San Agustín, Peru) published a paper describing a striking new species of bird, the Sirá Barbet (Capito fitzpatricki) from the eastern Andes of Northern Peru. See article written by John Bates on this discovery and download a PDF of the scientific paper describing the barbet here.
In the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Parasitology, Michel Valim (São Paulo Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo) and Jason Weckstein describe a new genus of chewing louse named in honor of one of the world's leading experts on lice, Ricardo Palma (Curator of Insects, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa). Download at PDF of the article here.
- August 6, 2012, New Barbet Capito fitzpatricki paper makes the Science Daily followed by Daily Mail Online on August 7, 2012, among other venues.
- August 23, 2012, New louse genus and species, Palmaellus inexpectatus and Ricardo Palma, make the Dominion Post in New Zealand.