Mammals, Birds and Beetles in Mexico’s Forests

Dr Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez (Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), campus Morelia) has published extensively on biological impacts of land use changes in Mexico’s forests. He and his team recorded abundances of mammals (including bats), birds, dung beetles and trees in plots located in forests fragments and continuous forests. These data…

A frog in the garden (or not)

Following his visit to Silwood Park Campus, Dr Johan Oldekop (University of Manchester) has added data collected in Ecuador in 2008 and 2009 to the BIOFRAG project. Johan recorded identity and number of frogs, beetles and fern and their changes along linear transects set up in five communities running from individual households to the interior…

Bats need food (among other things)

How can we place local processes within a regional ecological context? Laura Cisneros and Brian Klingbeil (Michael Willig‘s lab at the University of Connecticut) are looking at bat communities in Costa Rica & Peru to understand community assembly along environmental gradients. Altitude appears to be an important driver of the distributions of their bats. Their…