At the Tropical Rivers Lab, "vacation" has a different meaning than most other places. This spring break, it meant heading to the Colombian Amazon to scout out field sites for future research! Ana Rojas' work on introduced Arapaima brought her and Dr. Anderson to Colombia where she will be spending time this summer conducting interviews with locals to determine how these monster fish are affecting native fish populations and fishing communities.
In late April, Dr. Anderson and Brenna Kays flew to Iquitos, Peru to participate in a meeting to plan and execute projects related to Citizen Science for the Amazon. We spent 3 days discussing a new app to track fish migration, Ictio, and scouted out sites to deploy water quality monitoring sensors along the Maranon and Yucayali Rivers. We can't wait to see the results from these exciting projects and look forward to the final meeting next year!
In anticipation of TRL's upcoming installation of low-cost water monitoring systems in South America, Ella Jourdain of the Tropical rivers Lab group trekked down to Peru for a week of recognizance with honorary lab member and Dr. Anderson's husband, Paulo Olivas. We're all proud of this New Yorker for conquering her disdain for heat and humidity in the name of science!
We're so proud of TRL's own Ana Rojas and Aldo Farah for their presentations at FIU's Annual Earth and Environment Graduate Symposium
Aldo, TRL's Ph.D. candidate, presented his poster, "River fragmentation by hydropower in Costa Rica and potential impacts for fish fauna".
Ana presented an oral presentation on Collaborative International Student Research which was based on her work with students in Columbia over the summer of 2017. She also just happened to win First Prize for Outstanding Oral Presentation by a Master's Student. Great job, Ana!
During Dr. Anderson's work in Tanzania, she teamed up with Roman Evarist, a computer science graduate who calls Tanzania his home. Since then, he has been our man on the ground, facilitating work in low-cost water monitoring in the Mara river basin.
This January, we had the good fortune to host Roman during his first trip to the United States! During his time here, he facilitated an interactive workshop with our team on Open Data Kit, a valuable tool for collecting data in the field. He also tried his first taco, a slice of pepperoni pizza and airboat ride through the Florida Everglades!
We had a great time with Roman and hope to see him again soon (potentially as a graduate student here with us at FIU! Fingers crossed). Thank you for coming, Roman!
Here at the Tropical Rivers Lab, we're a little bit obsessed with tropical fish. So naturally, we were enthused to read Dr. Renata Frederico's recent publication in Biological Conservation about the ability of Amazon protected areas to protect stream-dwelling fish fauna! Seeing others gaining recognition for their work in river ecology is always so exciting because it means that these efforts are getting the attention they deserve!
Congratulations Dr. Frederico! We can't wait to see more of your work in the future!
Tropical Rivers Lab is proud to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Anderson has published a paper, "Fragmentation of Andes-to-Amazon connectivity by hydropower dams" in the prestigious journal of Science Advances!
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Additionally, Science Magazine published a press release detailing Dr. Anderson's research
Click here to read the press release issued by Science Magazine!
Dr. Anderson is presently fielding interviews from around the world including one with BBC Radio. More details on when it will air will soon follow.
- Hydropower dams disrupt the environment in the Andes Amazon
- Study suggests hydroelectric dams causing greater impact on Amazon basin than thought
- Las 142 represas que ponen en riesgo la cuenca amazónica
- A Amazônia desconectada pelas barragens
- Amazônia: Hidrelétricas já impedem a migração de peixes e a dispersão de sedimentos, ameaçando a biodiversidade e o bem-estar de mais de 30 milhões de pessoas
In a recent article published by National Geographic about the Cincinnati Zoo's sensationally cute baby hippo Fiona, TRL's own Dr. Elizabeth Anderson is quoted regarding her encounters with hippos in the Mara River!
"For the record, I am terrified of hippos," said National Geographic explorer and Florida International University ecologist Elizabeth Anderson when asked about her own experiences working with hippos. Anderson was once conducting research in Tanzania when a hippo attacked an empty nearby boat.
Congrats to our leader for being recognized as a Nat Geo explorer! You go, girl!
Congratulations to TRL's own Aldo Farah who has been awarded the fellowship with the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center! The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems.
We can't wait to see the exciting work he will do with this honorable award!