LA SELVA BIOLOGICAL STATION
The La Selva welcome sign
Hitching a ride across the bridge
Jungle sunsets can be pretty amazing
Happy that the greenhouse plants are alive
The aptly named eyelash viper
It's a worm, it's a snake, it's neither! This is the 2nd caecillian that I've ever seen (see the Bilsa photos for the other). Rare, beautiful, and so, so weird.
They grow the bugs big down at La Selva
It rains a lot in the rainforest, which means sometimes you have to hitch a ride to work on a boat
And the winner for most adorable animals in the jungle goes to the tent bats, which huddle like little cotton balls under leaf tents they make
One of the iconic critters at La Selva is this strawberry poison dart frog
A foggy morning on the bridge overlooking the river
La Selva sits in the shadow of this incredible volcano - Poaz
BLACK ROCK FOREST
Mom told me not to go weed-wacking through a poison ivy patch, but did I listen?! No...
A summary of what in-the-field planning looks like
Looking from Black Rock Forest back to NYC some 50 miles away
The fledgling Menge Lab takes flight
a good thing to know...
Fine roots, mycorrhizal tips, hyphae, and rhizomorphs all in one image captured using minirhizotrons
Exposed following the final harvest of the FACE plots
As seen in a minirhizotron image
DUKE & CHARLESTON
DOMINICA, WEST INDIES
Headed down the extremely steep path into the Valley of Desolation
My home away from home
Formal Name: Stinking Hole
Seaweed that had washed up on the beach and was changing color as it dried made this neat sunset color gradient
The steam is coming from hot sulfur vents just below the surface of the soil
Taken with a camera trap to monitor seed removal by agoutis
I lost a bit of nose and a lot of pride this day at the emerald pool
BILSA BIOLOGICAL RESERVE, ECUADOR
They come in lots of different color types. The orange & black was by far the most common at Bilsa
That could be the title of my time at Bilsa
A glass frog posing for me while I write its description
Carlos catching a rarely seen caecilian. These animals resemble something between an amphibian and a reptile. Very strange, but very cool
This is half of an earthworm. Yes, half. It was probably 4 1/2 feet in total length. That'd catch a mighty big fish.
For those quick runs to the grocery store, etc.
We seemed to do a lot of that that summer