Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kloe Borja wins 1st place in the Island-wide STEM Fair!

Photo by Amanda Santos
EBL's 2016 Step-Up student,  Kloe Borja won first place at the CMNI Island-wide STEM Fair this weekend. She conducted her project on avian gut passage times to predict which bird species would best disperse seeds into degraded forest if reintroduced to Guam.

For her next step, Kloe will be one of approximately 1,800 high school students from around the world to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May. 

Check out the article about Kloe in  the Saipan Tribune here:

Strong work, Kloe!!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New paper out today!

This study has been long in the making, but is finally here! We describe the impact of frugivorous bird loss on seed dispersal and recruitment in two forest tree species. This is my favorite figure from the paper, thanks to collaborator, Eric Buhle.
Figure 3 | Dispersal across the landscape. Seed dispersal kernels of (a) Psychotria and (b) Premna on Guam as compared with three nearby islands where forest birds are present. The fitted kernel models were used to predict seed rain in a hypothetical forest plot. Panels c,d depict seed rain in forests with frugivores, and panes e,f depict seed rain in forests without frugivores. Shading indicates the mean seed density (seeds m - 2, note logarithmic scale) arriving at each location on the forest floor. Circles indicate crowns of conspecific adult trees.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ep. 96 - Guam's Changing Forests

Check it out! Haldre Rogers talks about seed dispersal, predator interactions, and the work that EBL does on the In Defense of Plants podcast