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Hurricane Maria silenced the coqui frog even further

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The devastation of Hurricane Maria caused the local extinction of some coqui frog species that live in forests that had already been affected by a drough between 2013 and 2016.

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El huracán María silenció aún más la voz del coquí

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Frances Rosario

El devastador paso del huracán María por la isla ocasionó la “extinción local” de algunas especies de coquí que se encuentran en los bosques y que ya estaban afectadas por la sequía que se reportó en la isla entre el 2013 y el 2016.

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Carla Restrepo: Dejando huellas a través de sus estudios ecológicos

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Dra. Carla Restrepo

En algún momento todos nos hemos hecho preguntas acerca del medio ambiente, los animales, y las condiciones climáticas. ¿Cómo afectan los aumentos en temperatura el desarrollo de ciertas especies de animales?, ¿Cómo lo que ocurre en una escala local (como los deslizamientos de suelo) pueden tener efectos más abarcadores? y ¿Cómo el impacto de los humanos en el medio ambiente afecta a los cuerpos de agua? Éstas son algunas de las  preguntas que la Dra. Carla Restrepo, ecóloga y profesora en el Departamento de Biología de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, intenta contestar mediante sus proyectos de investigación. 

La Dra. Restrepo tuvo una niñez interesante. Recuerda que desde muy pequeña se hacía preguntas acerca de cómo funcionaban los seres vivos. Su padre y su madre eran científicos en Colombia. A muy temprana edad se vio maravillada por un libro de Biología de su mamá, quien terminaba su segundo bachillerato durante esos años. Su papá era matemático, y tenía una gran colección de libros y revistas de temas muy variados, los cuales Carla disfrutaba organizar. Aunque expresa que no está segura de qué fue lo que la catapultó a estudiar ciencia, lo cierto es que creció en un ambiente en el cual se valorizaba el conocimiento. 

Carla Restrepo: Leaving a mark with ecological studies

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Dr. Carla Restrepo

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.

Dr. Restrepo had a very interesting childhood. Since she was a little girl she had many questions about the workings of living organisms around her. Her mom and dad were scientists back in Colombia. Since an early age, she was in awe with her mom’s biology textbook. Her dad was a mathematician and had a large collection of books and magazines on various topics. Carla enjoyed organizing his library. Although she cannot pinpoint a specific event that inspired her to be a scientist, she grew up in an environment were knowledge was highly esteemed.

She grew up in several countries allowing her to be exposed to different cultures. Early in her childhood she lived in the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico and at age 8 moved to Colombia. Shed lived there until she graduate from the  Universidad del Valle in Cali where she majored in Biology. She had her first research experience, published her first peer-reviewed article, and fell-in-love with birds during her undergraduate years.

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Open Science for Synthesis Training Course

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Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program is a hands-on data science course for both early career and established researchers to gain skills in data science, including scientific synthesis, reproducible science, and data management. These skills are critical for understanding the complex environmental, human, and energy systems in the Gulf of Mexico, especially following large disturbance events like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

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FINDING ANSWERS IN NATURE

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Finding answers in nature

By: Natasha DeLeon-Rodriguez

Do you remember when your grandma gave you natural remedies when you were sick? Well, she may have a reason for it at the end of the day. Since early civilizations, it is very common to use plants or natural remedies to survive different diseases and illnesses. In current times, it may not be a common practice, but most of the medicines we use today, came from nature. Antibiotics, probiotics, analgesics, relaxants, have bio- derived components. We may not be aware of the diversity that exist in the world, which is still mostly unknown to us. And since, we are unaware of it, we are also not aware of the capabilities it may have in medicine or other areas.

Full-time Scientist position: The Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden

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The Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden invites applications
for a full time Scientist to conduct basic and applied research in plant
biology. We are targeting two particular areas of specialization: plant
community/restoration ecology and ecological genetics; we will select
the best candidate in either area.

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Michigan statewide wildlife biologist for conservation partnership programs

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently recruiting for a Wildlife Biology Specialist 13 position within the Wildlife Division.  This position is permanent and is located Lansing, MI.

 

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