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Searching for monkeys and finding a passion

Rachel Trujillo - May 21st, 2015

Mindy Mayhew, a research student at Salt Lake Community College, began to cry when she reminisced about the first time she saw a pack of black spider monkeys crawl along […]

Breaking Through the Soil

Rachel Trujillo - May 20th, 2015

When walking through the rain forest, all plants look different than at home. They are larger, are decorated with details I have never seen before and are in such abundance […]

Evolution as an engineer

Kevin Bird - May 19th, 2015

People often tend to think in terms of cause and effect. A pool player hits a cue ball, which causes the cue ball to hit another ball, and the effect […]

A Li-Cor machine measuring the rate of photosynthesis of upper canopy leaves.

The era of collaboration

Shawna Rowe - May 19th, 2015

Once upon a time scientific studies were largely contained within a single discipline. Chemistry discovered medicines. Physics explained gravity. Computer science developed the Internet. Biology characterized the world around us. […]

Glimpse of the Costa Rican rainforest.

Our Biological Treasure May Not Last Long

Badr Almadi - May 19th, 2015

In my last blog, I talked about my fascination with the extensive biodiversity in La Selva Biological Station. Unfortunately, humans are bringing about a negative impact on this biological treasure. […]

A vine found in the rainforest at the preserved area of the La Selva biological station in Costa Rica.

La Selva: Where money falls short but creativity falls from the sky.

Shawna Rowe - May 19th, 2015

“Research can be passed along generations. Sometimes it’s blood and sometimes it’s friendship.” Orlando Vargas has been at the La Selva biological station under the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) […]

This flowering bromeliad had a poison dart frog living in its leaves. Many other creatures make bromeliads their home.

The Metropolitan Rainforest

Nicholas Bira - May 19th, 2015

The rainforest is like a very dense city; towering skyscraper trees throw shade over the highways and forest trails where the residents of the rainforest go about their daily work. […]

The Costa Rican Connection

Jessica Vaughn - May 19th, 2015

La Selva: inspiration runs rampant here. It sways alongside the spider monkeys, moving from limb to limb with ease. It flutters above the wings of a butterfly, pausing only for […]


Where the sidewalk ends

Maria Kalaitzandonakes - May 19th, 2015

All around me, it looks like a scene of Jurassic Park. The wilderness is all consuming. So, I was surprised to find that many parts of the Costa Rican jungle […]

The rainforest is an enormous and complicated place.

You Can’t Beat the Jungle Alone, and You Can Hardly Do it With Friends

Rasheeq Nizam - May 19th, 2015

President Teddy Roosevelt based his foreign policy on the African proverb, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” He was also known as an avid naturist, […]

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