Environmental and agricultural sciences

SECARIBE: Investigating the Connections Between Caribbean Droughts and the Saharan Dust

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Imagen de satélite compuesta mostrando el desplazamiento del polvo del Sahara a la región del Caribe para Junio 15 de 2015. Imagen cortesía de NASA Worldview.

In 2015, 75 out of the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico were significantly affected by a drought that caused severe shortages and rationing in potable water supplies. According to the US Drought Monitor, this has been the longest drought in these islands since 2000, when formal recording of these events began. This drought lasted about 80 weeks both in Puerto Rico and other islands of the Caribbean.

SECARIBE: INVESTIGATING THE CONECCTIONS BETWEEN CARIBBEAN DROUGHTS AND THE SAHARAN DUST

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Imagen de satélite compuesta mostrando el desplazamiento del polvo del Sahara a la región del Caribe para Junio 15 de 2015. Imagen cortesía de NASA Worldview.

In 2015, 75 out of the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico were significantly affected by a drought that caused severe shortages and rationing in potable water supplies. According to the US Drought Monitor, this has been the longest drought in these islands since 2000, when formal recording of these events began. This drought lasted about 80 weeks both in Puerto Rico and other islands of the Caribbean.

UPR scientists study mummified fecal remains

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Bonny Ortiz Andrade

Researchers at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) studied mummified fecal remains (coprolites) of two extinct pre-Columbian cultures that inhabited the island and, when compared with samples from native communities that still exist and urban communities in other parts of the world, found that the diversity of microscopic fungi (mycobiome) in the intestines of the first settlers was lower than in the current ones.

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Puerto Rican Parrot Population Reaches Record Numbers in the Río Abajo State Forest

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

For the first time since 1992, when the Puerto Rican parakeet aviary was established in the Río Abajo State Forest in this municipality, more than 200 will fly freely in their habitat, after 60 chicks were born in the wild during this breeding season, which runs through June.

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Polytechnic students create novel twill-based filament for 3-D printers

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José Ayala Gordián

A group of chemical engineering students at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico seeks to revolutionize the emerging field of 3D printing by developing a novel sargassum-based filament, which would not only allow the manufacture of all kinds of products for consumers, but would also give a use to the tons of this seaweed that congests the coasts of the island and that, in the future, could create a new economic sector and jobs.

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Oportunidad de empleo en conservación y manejo de vida silvestre

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ACE EPIC placements provide young adults with focused, hands-on opportunities to work alongside and under the guidance of agency mentors as they apply their knowledge of resource management on their path to becoming the next generation of resource and land managers.

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