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Analysis of virulence of the honey bee entomopathogen Nosema ceranae isolated from different geographic zones of Argentina and implications for honeybee conservation

This project focused on the parasitism by Nosema ceranae on honeybees in Argentina, including an analysis of virulence and the physiological effects of different strains isolated from different regions of the country. Apiculturists have enthusiastically collaborated with the study, providing samples across wide-ranging biogeographic areas of the country. This was achieved through a “National Survey of Nosemosis” campaign aimed at… Read Project SummaryAnalysis of virulence of the honey bee entomopathogen Nosema ceranae isolated from different geographic zones of Argentina and implications for honeybee conservation

Predatory impacts and variables determining the spatiotemporal occupancy of the invasive American mink (Neovison vison) on a pristine island ecosystem in Southern Chile

Invasive species are the second most significant driver of biodiversity loss. Islands are the most vulnerable regions to invasions because the evolutionary isolation generally results in a lack of behavioral responses to predation by the local biota. The American mink (Neovison vison) is a mustelid native to North America that was recently introduced in Navarino Island, southern Chile. American mink… Read Project SummaryPredatory impacts and variables determining the spatiotemporal occupancy of the invasive American mink (Neovison vison) on a pristine island ecosystem in Southern Chile

Education and capacity building in safe animal handling, capture, and care techniques for Snow Leopard Trust’s Mongolia Research Assistant

  • Snow Leopard Trust

  • 2014

The endangered snow leopard is one of the least studied of the big cats.  Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation (Mongolia) and its partner Snow Leopard Trust (USA) launched the first ever long-term ecological study of snow leopards in 2008 in the South Gobi desert of Mongolia. An important component of this study is tracking snow leopards using GPS satellite collars. Snow… Read Project SummaryEducation and capacity building in safe animal handling, capture, and care techniques for Snow Leopard Trust’s Mongolia Research Assistant

Strengthening, regionalization and first actions of Young Leaders in Marine Conservation Network

  • M. Gowland-Sainz

  • 2014

The Patagonian Sea is a globally important ecosystem given its high species diversity and endemism, large biomass and high abundance of apex predators. However, the Patagonian Sea is not pristine and there are many threats to its biodiversity and economic potential, such as invasive species, pollution, overfishing, and bycatch. While there are universities in Argentina that have successful research programs… Read Project SummaryStrengthening, regionalization and first actions of Young Leaders in Marine Conservation Network

Conserving amphibians in Icaco and Hormiga Valleys in Patillas, Puerto Rico

The area of Icaco Valley, Hormiga Valley and the mountain ridge separating them have never been systematically surveyed for amphibians, and have not been accessed by humans in nearly 60 years. Previous scouting confirmed the presence of Eleutherodactylus cooki (IUCN: Vulnerable; US Endangered Species List: Threatened), E. wightmanae (IUCN: Endangered), and E. richmondi (IUCN: Critically-endangered); however, the range of these… Read Project SummaryConserving amphibians in Icaco and Hormiga Valleys in Patillas, Puerto Rico

Monitoring pregnancy impacts on Southern Resident Killer Whales

Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) frequent the Salish Sea, and their population was heavily harvested by the aquarium industry during much of the 1960’s. The harvest significantly impacted the reproductive/age structure of the population along with the ability to reproductively recover from population declines following harsh years. The population then experienced an unexplained 20% decline in the late 1990s, suggesting… Read Project SummaryMonitoring pregnancy impacts on Southern Resident Killer Whales

The life history of the elegant quail in Sonora Mexico

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. californica), a species that has successfully… Read Project SummaryThe life history of the elegant quail in Sonora Mexico

Conservation of threatened species on the Somuncura Plateau (Patagonia, Argentina): Implications for land management and engagement of the local community

The Somuncura Plateau is a priority conservation area given its unique biology, geology and anthropology. This area is home to three species that are internationally recognized as high conservation priorities: the Somuncura frog (Pleurodema somuncurensis), the Laguna Raimunda frog (Atelognathus reverberii) and the naked characin (Gymnocharacinus bergii). The objective of this project was to improve conservation of these three endemic… Read Project SummaryConservation of threatened species on the Somuncura Plateau (Patagonia, Argentina): Implications for land management and engagement of the local community

Conservation of herpetofauna of Paraje Tres Cerros, Corrientes, Argentina: Implications for creation of a provincial nature reserve and engagement of the rural community

Paraje Tres Cerros is comprised of three outcrops that rise above the Corrientes plains and constitute true rocky “islands”. Until this project, the herpetofauna of the site were unknown. The primary objectives of this project were to survey the herpetofauna and use the results as a tool for educating the regional population and contributing to the effort to create a… Read Project SummaryConservation of herpetofauna of Paraje Tres Cerros, Corrientes, Argentina: Implications for creation of a provincial nature reserve and engagement of the rural community

Genetic conservation of Zaedyus pichiy (Mammalia, Xenarthra) in Argentina: molecular tools applied to species preservation

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 a measure of genetic diversity among… Read Project SummaryGenetic conservation of Zaedyus pichiy (Mammalia, Xenarthra) in Argentina: molecular tools applied to species preservation