This study was a necessary component of a larger study examining the varying response of species in the quail genus Callipepla to environmental change. In particular, researchers were testing the hypothesis that elegant quail (C. douglasiiare) of Sonora, Mexico are less behaviorally flexible and therefore more susceptible to environmental change than California quail (C. Read more
The pichy (Zaedyus pichiy) or dwarf armadillo is near threatened species that ranges from central to southern Argentina and Chile. The primary objective of this project was to analyze phylogeographic patterns of dwarf armadillos along their entire distribution using molecular markers, examining the relationship between these patterns and geomorphological history. This analysis would provide Read more
Beavers are an invasive species on the island of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina and Chile. Since their arrival in 1946, beavers have increased their numbers from the original 25 pairs to approximately 100,000 individuals. Beavers are responsible for the most drastic landscape alteration in Tierra del Fuego since the last glacial age, affecting Read more
The Marine Turtle Center (MTC/Center) in La Coronilla, Uruguay, was established to promote conservation of marine turtles and their habitats through environmental education and responsible ecotourism. The Center had been closed for the past four years due to deterioration of the facilities, and this award funded a remodel of the visitor center as well Read more
Paleoparasitology is focused on the parasitological examination of materials found in archeological and paleontological deposits. It has the potential to provide information about various cultural, paleoecological and evolutionary aspects. Parasitic relationships are sensitive indicators of developmental, ecological and cultural aspects of host populations – they can reveal potential exposure of humans and animals to Read more
This is a continuation of a previously funded project (2010).
Amphibians are important indicators of environmental health and play multiple functional roles in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Amphibian populations have declined worldwide and this trend has been attributed to a variety of causes, including chytridiomycosis – an infectious disease caused by the fungus Batrachotrytium Read more