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Looking for Moths Under the New Moon in El Yunque

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Above, Aura is setting the trap. Below, holding the densiometer, and separating the collected specimens.

I was thinking of two things while walking: that my legs could not hold me anymore and that I wanted to see a coquí, Puerto Rico’s endemic frog. We had been within the green labyrinth of El Yunque, Puerto Rico’s tropical rainforest, for almost four hours. Although I wanted to look up and appreciate the plethora of stars, I kept my gaze down so that the flashlight on my head would light the way. Falling down on one of those paths, full of rocks and roots, while carrying a backpack full of scientific equipment, is not a pretty picture. There were times when I slipped, but still had not fallen. I was in the back of the line, walking slowly to see if I could spot a coquí, but without missing the pace of the team. "Look, Luis," Aura said after a while.

Scientists capture El Yunque's history

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Keila López Alicea

El Yunque National Forest has more than 1,000 species of plants, 164 species of animals, and some of its oldest trees have been around for over 1,000 years. For the first time scientists have captured all of the data, scientific students and curiosities about this tropical rainforest in the new Atlas of El Yunque National Forest.

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NSF awards $3.9 millions to the Natural Sciences Department at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded almost four million dollars over three years to the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus in order to fund the project: Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER): Understanding Ecosystem Change in Northeastern Puerto Rico.

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Global Warming effects observed at El Yunque National Forest

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Cristian Arroyo

A group of experts began observing the effects of global warming in the humid and tropical system of El Yunque. Dr. Tana Wood and her team will evaluate how ecosystems like El Yunque will repond to increasing temperatures through the resarch project TRACE.

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Challenging to protect the National Forest El Yunque

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Engineer Pablo Cruz Morales speaks about the challenges to protect the National Forest El Yunque. To read the full article, visit the Spanish version of this site.

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Scientists will study climate change in El Yunque

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

The International Dasonomy Institute will begin a research project which will artificially increase the temperature in four differente areas of El Yunque to study the effects of global warming.

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Biologist has been collecting microarthropods for 14 years

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

María M. Rivera and her team at the Dasonomy Institute have been studying microarthropods in El Yunque for 14 years.

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Champions in decomposition, the microbes of El Yunque

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

Microbes are fundamental for helping nature to recover after a naural disaster such as a hurricane.

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Scientists report first hatching of Puerto Rican parrots in the wild outside of El Yunque

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Carmen Guerrero Pérez, secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Cynthia K. Dohner, the director of the Southeast region of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Liz Agpaoa, forester for the Southeast region of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, announced that two Puerto Rican parrots were hatched in a natural nest in the wild outside of El Yunque, a milestone in 144 years.

 

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