This month’s STRI Newsletter has a short feature article called “Why Weevils?” (in English and in Spanish) on Sal Anzaldo’s research on conoderine weevils in Panama. The link to the PDF with the article (page 6) is here.
Posts tagged ‘Panama’
Here is a summary listing of all taxonbytes blog posts related to the Tropical Field Biology – Panama 2014 trip. The collected Flickr images are here. Plans are underway for another installment in 2015.
- Tropical Field Biology, Gamboa, Panama, June 07-27, 2014.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Days 4-6
- Systenotelus stockwelli in focus
- Day 7
- Days 8-10
- Barro Colorado Island
- Days 14-16
- Days 17-19 (End)
Also read New study abroad program draws ASU undergrads to Panama, written by Sandy Leander for the ASU News.
I am reporting on the final three days for the Tropical Field Biology – Panama 2014 trip. On Wednesday (Day 17), about half of the group had an opportunity to visit an Embera Village. This included an exciting canoe river trip to the village and learning about body paint, dance, and other cultural practices. About 5% of the Panamanian people are indigenous and live on “comarcas” with special political status. Another group went to the Altos de Campana National Park to explore its beautiful cloud forest habitats, serenity, and significantly cooler climate.
Likely the penultimate Panama Field Biology 2014 blog post, with updates from Days 14 to 16. Sunday morning (Day 14) was spent in part to recover from the physical strains of BCI as well as Saturday night’s Gamboa social happenings (read: Coffeehouse and/or Gamboa Resort). However our main focus for both Sunday and Monday (Day 15) was to push the individual research projects to the point of (or at least nearing) completion.
A new update from Panama. Friday and Saturday (Days 12 and 13, respectively) were reserved for the long awaited trip to Barro Colorado Island (BCI). The featured image shows our two dedicated teaching assistants – Meghan Duell and Sal Anzaldo – on the balcony of the BCI Visitor’s Center where many famous tropical biologists have stood before.
Another three-day summary update from the field in Gamboa, Panama – days 8 to 10. Days 8 and 9 (June 15-16) were dedicated primarily to advancing our research projects. Reformulating hypotheses, testing methods, collecting observations and data, conducting interim analyses, and deriving new ideas to test based on the previous work.
Weevil natural history news from Gamboa, Panama. We are continuing to look for weevils that can be observed feeding and reproducing in the field. One such opportunity is starting to develop because we discovered a fallen palm tree of the species Oenocarpus mapora which is very common on the Cerro Pelado at Gamboa. On the fallen log we first spotted two specimens of Metamasius hemipterus, and today a female of the South American palm weevil Rhynchophorus palmarum. The female was feeding, possibly also hiding, near the central core of the broken off stem. A short video of this female is available here. We will monitor the log for more dryophthorid weevils and possible mating activities.
Post in development..
It is Day 7, the end of the first week. The project routine has settled in. It is an overcast, rainy Saturday in Gamboa. We are mostly out in the field – near the Schoolhouse, at the Frog Pond, in and around the Wood Lock, or as far out as Río Limbo on Pipeline Road – and making observations, tests, and adjustments to individual project ideas.