20-12-2012 - Staghorn coral
My research focuses on taking a metabolic and physiological approach to find markers for resilience to climate change stress in the critically endangered coral, Acropora cervicornis. Specifically I am looking at tissue lipids and carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes to determine how energy is allocated under stress in this species in order to have a better understanding of how to conserve it.
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23-09-2012 - Geoffroy's Spider Monkey
The Geoffroy’s spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus) is listed as Critically Endangered at the IUCN Red List of Threaten Species due to the population decline with over 50% for the last 45 years. There is only a small and fragmented population in El Salvador. A high possibility for inbreeding depression exists due to the small size of the population which can reduced adaptation capacity.
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20-09-2012 - Sinkhole Cycad
Montgomery Botanical Center, Belize Botanic Gardens, Florida International University, Green Hills Botanical Collections, and Ya’axche Conservation Trust will collaborate on in situ fieldwork to identify populations of Zamia prasina (now believed to be Zamia decumbens) a critically endangered species endemic to Belize. This rare sinkhole dwelling species is of great conservation concern, habitat is limited and plants are apparently being ...
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20-09-2012 - Antillean Manatee, Caribbean Manatee
Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region, Antillean manatee populations have been reduced by direct hunting, bycatch, vessel strikes and habitat loss and degradation, among other threats. We propose the first bi-national collaborative project to evaluate the status of manatees and contribute to their conservation in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
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20-09-2012 - Bumble bees
Pollinators are critical components of our environment and essential to our food security, contributing to one in three bites of food that we eat. Bumble bees are among the best known pollinators, yet their conservation status remains largely unknown. We are evaluating the status of 43 species of North American bumble bees using the IUCN Red List Criteria.
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20-09-2012 - Puerto Rican worm lizard
This project aims to quantify the genetic and morphological diversity of the endemic Puerto Rican Worm Lizard (Amphisbaena caeca). We want to know how this diversity is distributed in order to understand the biogeographic history of the species and to define units with significance for conservation.
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20-09-2012 - Puerto Rico manjack (PR), Black sage (BVI)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew's UK Overseas Territories Programme are working together with British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican partners to conserve the Critically Endangered plant, Cordia rupicola, a member of the Boraginaceae family.
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23-05-2012 - Black-capped Petrel
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) set out on an expedition to capture Black-capped Petrels, affix radio transmitters, and track the seabirds to new nesting locations that could be monitored and protected. Unfortunately, we were unable to capture any Black-capped Petrels, but did learn a lot about the difficulties of capturing the seabird and conditions necessary to do so.
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23-05-2012 - Ricord's Iguana
Hispaniola is the only island in the Caribbean where two species of Rock Iguanas occur. The formation of Hispaniola is most likely the cause for this unique distribution. One species of iguana is thought to have been on each paleoisland before they collided to form Hispaniola. The mystery is in what species was on what paleoisland and how they manage to co-occur today.
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23-05-2012 - March's Emerald Palm Viper
March's Emerald Palm Viper is a montane viper from Guatemala and Honduras. It's conservation status is unknown but considering its small geographic range, habitat specificity for cloud forest and the fractured nature of this habitat, it is considered endangered and in decline. This project conducts the first ecological study, investigating diet selection and providing the first population density estimates of this poorly studied viper.
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