It is envisioned as a safe alternative for researching the ecology and biology of these amphibians.
While studying a fungus that is rapaciously threatening amphibian populations around the world, Puerto Rican scientist Janelle A. Peña found a technique for direct developmental frog tagging in juvenile stages, which presents less risk to the organisms, is an economical option for researchers, and proved to be efficient with individuals up to 10 millimeters in diameter.
The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources announced a reproductive event of the Puerto Rican crested toad was recorded in the Guánica Dry Forest following the rains brought to the region by Tropical Storm Karen. This is the first event documented in the last two years since Hurricane Maria. The Puerto Rican crested toad is an endangered species.
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Vida Marina, the Center for Coastal Conservation and Restoration of the University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla celebrates its 10th anniversary. This center had been distinguished for its commitment to educate the community through the conservation and ecological restoration of the northeast coast of Puerto Rico.
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At some point in our lives we have asked questions regarding the environment, the animals that inhabit planet earth, and climatic conditions. How does an increase in temperature could affect some organisms? How do small changes in a specific environment can have a large-scale effect on our planet? How does human activity affect our bodies of water? These are some of the questions that Dr. Restrepo, an ecologist and professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras, is attempting to answer through her research projects.
Puertorrican ecologists, Jhoset Burgos Rodríguez and Kevin Avilés Rodríguez, in collaboration with Jason Kolbe from the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Rhode Island, described the ecological contribution of Iguanas. Their study documents the role of these reptiles in seed dispertion and germination.
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Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera helped lead a successful campaign to establish a nature reserve in Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor—an important nesting ground for the endangered leatherback sea turtle—and protect the island’s natural heritage from harmful development.
Greetchen: "José, there is a large variety of plants in our ecosystem with very interesting features, such as the bryophytes. Bryophytes are non-vascular plants; that is, they don’t have veins. It is assumed that they were the first plants to colonize terrestrial environments."
If you ask the average Puerto Rican student the name of five wild animals, the answer will probably contain animals such as lion, elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus, or zebra. Rarely will they mention fauna from their own archipelago. The reason is probably that these native animals are seldom mentioned in textbooks or classrooms. Dr. Eddie Laboy Nieves has undertaken a project to change the Puerto Rican public's knowledge of their own fauna. The Puerto Rican Fauna Videoteque collects over 210 videos of animals endemic to our islands.