A Request for Support

Hi all! IACG has a very modest budget, our biggest expense is the liability insurance that we carry to protect ourselves and any students or visitors who participate in an IACG sponsored course or event. Usually we are able to cover these expenses with our field course income, and so we rarely come begging to you for donations. Unfortunately this year our planned field courses were cancelled and our coffers are empty. Please consider donating to help keep the lights on for another year! Our contribute page gives information on how you can support IACG, our PayPal link is below for your convenience. Thank you!




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Biotropica Special Issue

The most recent issue of Biotropica features a special section on long-term research in the ACG. This project arose from conversations at IACG open houses over the years, Jennifer Powers and myself served as the guest editors. My editor’s overview contains information on why we put this special section together, and the articles that follow cover biodevelopment, damselflies, primates, gradients in plant diversity, jaguars and sea turtles, ants, spiders, and marine biodiversity surveys.

There’s something there for everyone, and all of the articles are well worth your time. A very special thanks to all of the authors (and reviewers) who contributed!

Cover of Biotropica 52, 6

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IACG 2019 – opening reception

Kicking off IACG 2019 with our evening social! Watching the 1988 NATURE documentary Paradise Reclaimed to get in the mood and to get all these young people up to speed on Santa Rosa history. Watching paradise reclaimed in Santa Rosa, 2019

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IACG 2019 – Registration Deadline 15 May

Hi Everyone, we are coming up on the registration deadline for the 2019 IACG open house! We’d love to see you at Santa Rosa and hear about your research. Please register and submit an abstract by May 15 if you are planning on attending or presenting.

Register or submit an abstract

If you have any questions about the format or the registration process please reach out directly to Jen, Jeff, Cathy, Sal or Federico. If you plan to attend, there are rooms reserved for the conference in make your room reservation directly with the ACG.

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IACG 2019 – Registration Now Open

Update: registration deadline is 15 May

We are looking forward to the third iACG/ACG Research Open House, scheduled from July 18-19, 2019. The event will take place in Santa Rosa. Please note that we have a new format for the workshop in order to facilitate and maximize interactions and exchanges among participants. The new format includes talks by keynote speakers, lightning talks, and poster sessions, in addition to music, film, and art exhibitions. We are prioritizing time for participants to talk informally at the poster sessions. Therefore, we are soliciting submissions for posters only at this time. We are looking forward to seeing you in Santa Rosa!

Register or submit an abstract

Wednesday night: Welcome Reception / Arts and Films.

Thursday:
Welcome
Morning Keynote
Lightning Talks (Poster talks)
Poster SessionLunch

Afternoon Keynote
Lightning Talks (Poster talks)
Poster Session

Thursday night : BBQ

Friday:
Morning Keynote
Lightning Talks (Poster talks)
Poster SessionLunch

Afternoon Keynote
Lightning Talks (Poster talks)
Poster Session
Wrap up

Saturday: Field Trips (TBD)

PDF Version

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IACG Open House 2019 UPDATED – Registration Open

UPDATED 10 Dec. 2018: Registration Open! Hope to see you in Santa Rosa!

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ACG research in Science Magazine

Work by long-term ACG researchers Daniel Mennill, Stéphanie Doucet, and their graduate students Katrina Switzer and Lincoln Savi, was recently given a nice write-up in Science magazine.

The study uses 3D-printed robotic models to study mating behavior of the yellow toad Incilius luetkenii (formerly Bufo luetkenii). The sudden appearance of bright yellow males at the start of the wet season is a familiar phenomenon to those who have spent time in Santa Rosa. A 2015 paper with graduate student Nicolas Rehberg-Besler provided evidence that the color change facilitated sex recognition in this species. Video below and more at the link.

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GIS resources

Some MINAE-SINAC GIS resources. I don’t have GIS skills but seems like there are some useful things here, and the map viewer is interesting to browse regardless:

Map viewer (click this button to overlay different GIS layers)

CENIGA homepage

SINIA homepage

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Talk on Santa Rosa Super Site – Monday July 24

If you are in or around Santa Rosa on Monday July 24th, professor Arturo Sanchez of the University of Alberta will be giving a talk on his long-term environmental monitoring research in Santa Rosa.

The talk will be in the Centro at 11AM.

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Guide to dry forest reptiles and amphibians in pdf

Toads from norman's here guideLongtime researcher and friend of the ACG David Norman has released a guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Palo Verde and Santa Rosa. The guide consists of 23 color plates and all information is presented in both English and Spanish.

David’s first book on reptiles and amphibians of dry forest was my first field guide to tropical herps and I used it to pieces (literally). I hope that a new generation of dry forest naturalists enjoys this version as much as I did that one.

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