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Category archives for Latin America and The Caribbean

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Exploration in a Parallel World

Another world exists parallel to this forest of whispering pines. Below is a labyrinth of caves, the likes of which are only beginning to be fully understood and mapped.

Change, Struggle, and What’s Under the Hood of a Cuban Taxi

In the U.S., change might be seen in the newest model of iPhone. In Cuba, change is manifest everyday by continually adapting yesterday’s material realities to today’s needs.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Safety Rules (Because Safety Rules!)

“When I was invited to this expedition, it was like being invited to dive safety nirvana; some of these divers wrote the books I made a job out of!”

Blue Holes Expedition: Rocks, Water, and a Workout

A big of geology and a touch of forestry reveal a dimension of the Bahamas few people really take in.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Meet the Team

We’re mapping a cave system that could prove to be the most extensive island cave system in the world. But the most rewarding part is working with school kids at the site for all sorts of hands-on activities.

Dreams and Reality in la Habana

Growing up in a Cuban-American family, Mario Machado had the incredible fortune of absorbing a near-mythical image of the island that his grandfather had left as a boy in 1946. Now he’s writing his own chapter in the story.

Reframing Ocean Conservation in this Post-Election Era

Given the election, it seems wise to relinquish expectations of US federal leadership on ocean or climate policy. Our anti-science (among other deeply concerning antis) president-elect and his appointees have sent clear signals about their disregard for our environment and the ethos of sustainability. Yet, a healthy ocean is critical to food security, a stable…

Hope in the Face of 10,000 Deaths

When amphibian conservation biologist Arturo Muñoz describes the 2015 die-offs of the Titicaca Water Frog (Telmatobius culeus) on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca, the details are grim: Dead frogs floating belly up in the shallow water as gulls pick them off for dinner. The smell of the sulfate pollution dredged up from the bottom…

I wonder what’s up there?

Five years ago I met an anteater that changed my life. As a first-year grad student, I was in the midst of my academic identity crisis trying to figure out what exactly I was going to study. I joined a team of researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama to survey wildlife in…

Surveying Canopy Wildlife: A Brief Look at Looking Up

There is more to come in the way of introductions, but here is a quick first look at my project, Looking Up: A Canopy Wildlife Expedition. Throughout the year, I’ll be conducting wildlife surveys in forest canopies of Malaysia and Ecuador. As a scientist, I’m excited to expand my work to new research sites. Camera trapping…

‘Things Shouldn’t Be Like This’: Lingering Effects of Peru’s Jungle Oil Spills

On August 10, the fourth oil spill since the start of 2016 was reported in the Peruvian Amazon. More than 20 similar spills have crippled the region over the past five years.

Tech-Savvy Teenage Girls Are the Camera-Trap Pros in This Mexican Community

Fernanda wouldn’t look out of place hanging out with a group of high-schoolers at a suburban mall in southern California, but instead she’s leading a group of thirty people into a remote cloud forest in southern Jalisco to look for large, predatory felines.

Five Reasons Why the Phantom 4 has Become One of my Favorite Tools.

The latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, in which Kike profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography.   This article has been on the pipeline for some time now. I have been field testing the Phantom 4 on my recent expeditions to Svalbard…

Cryptic Cannibals: Sea Slugs in the Bahamas

The following is a blog post by Carolyn Belak, sea slug enthusiast and scientific aid at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Andy Kough, postdoctoral research associate at Shedd Aquarium. When one thinks of the Bahamas, they probably picture miles of white sandy beaches, dolphins dancing through crystal blue waters and colorful fish…

Colombia’s Former Guerrillas Need New Jobs. Why Not in Conservation?

Painted flowers of pink and blue grace the nails of two slender hands posed on the trigger and barrel of an assault weapon. Behind the weapon, a hot pink t-shirt serves as backdrop. There is nothing else in the frame. From the moment that I saw this photo last month in The California Sunday Magazine,…