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.
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.
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!
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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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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For those who aren’t aware of this looming challenge, I include a few (not intended comprehensive, just things I have run across in the last year) links below regarding the planned “Canal Seco.” This is an overland cargo route that would run from Limon to Cuajiniquil. Something to keep an eye on.
Much of the work sponsored by the chair will be carried out in Sector Santa Rosa of the ACG, where Dr. Melin is a long time researcher and co-director of the long-running white-faced capuchin research project. Dr. Melin’s work in Santa Rosa has focused on sensory ecology, including the consequences of primate color vision syndromes for foraging behavior.
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Dr. Fedigan’s research into the white-faced capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus) is one of the ACG’s longest running and most productive field research projects, and she has supervised dozens of students who have conducted their research in and around Santa Rosa. Her citation reads:
Linda Marie Fedigan has made enduring contributions to the study of primates, some of our closest evolutionary relatives. Canada Research Chair in Primatology and Bioanthropology at the University of Calgary, she established a world-class research station in Costa Rica’s Àrea de Conservación Guanacaste. Known for her field work, she has conducted groundbreaking long-term studies of the life history and reproductive patterns of female monkeys, which have increased our understanding of how primates adapt to their environments. An exemplary mentor, she is also known for her academic study of the role of women in science.
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