LA SELVA BIOLOGICAL STATION

The La Selva welcome sign

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Hitching a ride across the bridge

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Jungle sunsets can be pretty amazing

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Happy that the greenhouse plants are alive

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The aptly named eyelash viper

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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.

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They grow the bugs big down at La Selva

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It rains a lot in the rainforest, which means sometimes you have to hitch a ride to work on a boat

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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

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One of the iconic critters at La Selva is this strawberry poison dart frog

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A foggy morning on the bridge overlooking the river

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La Selva sits in the shadow of this incredible volcano - Poaz

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BLACK ROCK FOREST

Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy

Mom told me not to go weed-wacking through a poison ivy patch, but did I listen?! No...

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Amy and Tom's plan of attack
Amy and Tom's plan of attack

A summary of what in-the-field planning looks like

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Tom's ready to trap some Robinia!
Tom's ready to trap some Robinia!
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Split Rock
Split Rock

Looking from Black Rock Forest back to NYC some 50 miles away

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Nodules!
Nodules!
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The Crew
The Crew

The fledgling Menge Lab takes flight

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Measuring Taylor's bh
Measuring Taylor's bh

a good thing to know...

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Ungerground Insanity
Ungerground Insanity

Fine roots, mycorrhizal tips, hyphae, and rhizomorphs all in one image captured using minirhizotrons

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Minirhizotron time series
Minirhizotron time series
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Mycorrhizal root tips in leaf litter
Mycorrhizal root tips in leaf litter
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Diggin' for roots
Diggin' for roots
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Duke FACE towers
Duke FACE towers

Exposed following the final harvest of the FACE plots

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Ingrowth Root Cores
Ingrowth Root Cores
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Minirhizotron setup
Minirhizotron setup
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Soil Monolith
Soil Monolith
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Multiple mycorrhizal species
Multiple mycorrhizal species
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Huge root tip cluster
Huge root tip cluster

As seen in a minirhizotron image

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Duke FACE site
Duke FACE site
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DUKE & CHARLESTON

DOMINICA, WEST INDIES

Entering the Valley
Entering the Valley

Headed down the extremely steep path into the Valley of Desolation

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Middleham Falls
Middleham Falls
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Bee House!
Bee House!

My home away from home

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Checking on the Exclosures
Checking on the Exclosures
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The Bat Cave
The Bat Cave

Formal Name: Stinking Hole

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Sunset Seaweed
Sunset Seaweed

Seaweed that had washed up on the beach and was changing color as it dried made this neat sunset color gradient

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The Valley of Desolation
The Valley of Desolation

The steam is coming from hot sulfur vents just below the surface of the soil

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Agouti snatching a seed
Agouti snatching a seed

Taken with a camera trap to monitor seed removal by agoutis

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Fishing Fleet
Fishing Fleet
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Anole getting the better of me
Anole getting the better of me

I lost a bit of nose and a lot of pride this day at the emerald pool

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Middleham Falls
Middleham Falls
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Dominican Carnival
Dominican Carnival
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BILSA BIOLOGICAL RESERVE, ECUADOR

Dendrobates histrionicus
Dendrobates histrionicus

They come in lots of different color types. The orange & black was by far the most common at Bilsa

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Ants.  Lots of ants
Ants. Lots of ants

That could be the title of my time at Bilsa

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A scared specimen
A scared specimen

A glass frog posing for me while I write its description

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Caecilian
Caecilian

Carlos catching a rarely seen caecilian. These animals resemble something between an amphibian and a reptile. Very strange, but very cool

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Hyla spp.
Hyla spp.
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The worms come pretty big down there
The worms come pretty big down there

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.

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My "around town" vehicle
My "around town" vehicle

For those quick runs to the grocery store, etc.

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Waterfall Climbing
Waterfall Climbing

We seemed to do a lot of that that summer

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