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

Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy

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

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

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

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

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

Nodules!
Nodules!
The Crew
The Crew

The fledgling Menge Lab takes flight

Measuring Taylor's bh
Measuring Taylor's bh

a good thing to know...

Ungerground Insanity
Ungerground Insanity

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

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

Exposed following the final harvest of the FACE plots

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

As seen in a minirhizotron image

Duke FACE site
Duke FACE site

DUKE & CHARLESTON

DOMINICA, WEST INDIES

Entering the Valley
Entering the Valley

Headed down the extremely steep path into the Valley of Desolation

Middleham Falls
Middleham Falls
Bee House!
Bee House!

My home away from home

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

Formal Name: Stinking Hole

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

The Valley of Desolation
The Valley of Desolation

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

Agouti snatching a seed
Agouti snatching a seed

Taken with a camera trap to monitor seed removal by agoutis

Fishing Fleet
Fishing Fleet
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

Middleham Falls
Middleham Falls
Dominican Carnival
Dominican Carnival

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

Ants.  Lots of ants
Ants. Lots of ants

That could be the title of my time at Bilsa

A scared specimen
A scared specimen

A glass frog posing for me while I write its description

Caecilian
Caecilian

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

Hyla spp.
Hyla spp.
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.

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

For those quick runs to the grocery store, etc.

Waterfall Climbing
Waterfall Climbing

We seemed to do a lot of that that summer