This last year has been a very exciting one for the Las Nubes Project, with several research projects carried out, important community outreach activities underway, new opportunities for students and community members to work together in Costa Rica, as well as the consolidation of key institutional infrastructure. Here is a sample of what Las Nubes has been up to:
Student Research in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor
Francesc Rodriguez is completing his doctorate on the intersections between environmental decision-making and knowledge production in Costa Rica, focusing on a socio-environmental controversy over the construction of run-of-the-river dams in communities in and adjacent to the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor. Read more
Family Environmental Education Programs as Community Engagement Initiatives: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study
The Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor (ASBC) is an Ark (ARCA in Spanish) of biodiversity, with abundant plants and invertebrates, over 300 species of birds and a great variety of mammals. ASBC is also a preferred space for amphibians and reptiles. Since 2106, Andrés Jiménez Monge has been working in conjunction with Dr. Felipe Montoya on a database of amphibians and reptiles occurring in the ASBC. Read more
Mike Mooring of Point Loma University has continued to be a partner in the long-term Mammal Monitoring Project. This project continues to generate much valuable information about biodiversity in the region, including the confirmation (and amazing photographs) of at least 13 species of mammals, including armadillos, wild boars, ant-eaters, white-collared peccaries, coyotes, ocelots, pumas (mountain lion) and the endangered river otter among others in the biological corridor. This project has already provided evidence of the presence of endangered species in the corridor, key information that continues to confirm the vital importance that the corridor and its ecological connectivity has for species conservation.