Sustainable Cocoa Production and Amphibia

CATIE (Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza), located in Costa Rica, is a regional centre for research, education and sustainable development. CATIE also has a long-standing interest in cocoa. Cocoa in Meosamerica, in particular. As part of their research into sustainable cocoa growing practices (headed by Dr Eduardo Somarriba), they have collated a tremendous…

Does the Puma care about forest conversion ?

How do large carnivores respond to changes in their natural habitat? In their recent study (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2011.12.045), Maria Victoria Lantschner and colleagues used camera traps in natural forests and forest plantations to study habitat use. They detected four large carnivore species. They also found that Geoffroy’s cat avoided forest plantations being restricted to natural continuous forests…

Moths in Oxfordshire

Dr Eleanor Slade, currently postdoctoral scientist at University of Helsinki, has been studying – among many other things – moths in Wytham Woods, an area of semi-natural woodland to the west of Oxford and owned by the University of Oxford. Her study on the impacts of climate change and fragmentation on these easily overlooked animals (out in…

Reptiles in Colombia’s wetlands

Dr Guido Fabian Medina-Rangel is now contributing his data on reptile communities in Colombia for collaboration within the BIOFRAG research. Wetlands are areas of special ecological importance (Ramsar Convention, 1975), provding habitats and resources for many wildlife taxa and delivering a range of ecosystem services for the benefit of humans (e.g. flood control, water purification,…

Bees in the woods

Bees and wasps fulfil important roles in ecosystem processes and ecosystem service provision, e.g.serving as spollinators and potentially acting as natural enemies of insect pests. Jason Tylianakis looked at changes in the diversity of bee and wasp communities in a agro-forest mosaic in Southern Ecuador (including rice, pasture, coffee agroforests and native forest fragments) detecting seasonal…