Postdoctoral researcher Guanyang Zhang attended the 5th Quadrennial Meeting of the Heteropterists’ Society. The meeting took place at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from July 21 to 25, 2014. Meeting program can be found here. The meeting was attended by more than 100 participants from several continents. There were about 50 talks and more than 20 posters. Topics centered around taxonomy and phylogenetics, but also included behavior, evolution and ecology. Click this link to see some meeting pictures and tweets: IHS meeting pictures and tweets.
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What occurs to you when you hear the name Guatemala? Thirty-odd years of ‘civil war‘? The land of the Maya civilization? The famous Spanish colonial city Antigua? Or perhaps the 37 volcanoes for those who are geology-oriented? For we entomologists, it is beetles and bugs! But we have seen more than that during our recent field trip to the beautiful land of Guatemala. We drove across the country and collected in nine departmentos (states) in about 15 days (Fig. 1). This is a brief account of the trip.
The unique and complex geological history and biogeographic constituents of Guatemala have attracted us to make it our destination. We wanted to collect specimens of weevils in the Exophthalmus genus complex. We were hoping to find species that may have an affinity to Caribbean lineages. Because it was possibly historically connect to part of the land masses in the Caribbean, Guatemala seems the right place for finding our weevils.
The trip was joined by ASU Franz Lab Postdoc Guanyang Zhang, Graduate Student Andrew Jansen, and Manuel Barrios, a guatemalteco (Guatemalan), who is a student of molytine leaf litter weevils and currently pursuing a PhD degree at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
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.
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.