Thursday, November 21, 2019

Welcome New EBL Field Crew Members!

The EBL team would like to welcome its 3 newest members. We are excited to welcome all of them to the team!

Kayla Baker is the new Lead Field Biologist coming from a background focused on anthropogenic disturbance effects on birds.

CareyJo Titus is a new Biologist on the team with a background in ornithology including extensive work with Loggerhead Shrikes.

Tomona Lapitan is also a new Biologist on the team from University of Guam. She has a strong interest in becoming a Veterinarian and is excited about the opportunity to work with the EBL team.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Camera Trap Videos from Rota!

EBL Postdoc Hernani has been camera trapping on Rota for a few weeks trying to get Fanihi eating fruits on camera. We are still working on getting Fanihi on camera but we have had some other creatures visit fruiting trees we are recording including rodents, birds, and even geckos. Below are some links to videos of the different animals eating fruits on Rota!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

EBL is hiring an Avian Field Crew Leader and Technicians!

We are hiring a field crew leader and field technicians to join a Guam-based team with The Ecology of Bird Loss Project and Iowa State University (in the lab of Haldre Rogers) beginning in September 2019 working with Såli (Micronesian Starlings). 
Look at the jobs tab for further details and information for how to apply!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Mariana Fruit Bat Project on Rota

The EBL team is working on a project concerning gut passage time of seeds with the Marianas Fruit Bat on Rota. The project requires monitoring bats in the wild and taking care of a plant nursery where gut passed seeds are planted. Photos from Zia Crytser.

Bats roosting.

EBL Biologist, Juan Mungaray, watering the nursery.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Monitor Lizard bombarded by a Kingfisher

EBL Biologist Zia Crytser documented this interesting interaction on Rota between a Monitor Lizard (Veranus indicus) and a Kingfisher.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

New EBL Members this Summer!

The EBL team is excited to welcome 5 members to the team this summer!
Jerilyn Calaor is a PhD student at Iowa State University (ISU) who is currently studying food web dynamics on the Mariana Islands.

Adelynn-Renee Roces is an undergraduate student with Northern Arizona University. She enjoys being out in nature and is interested in working in plant ecology.

Joanna Scott finished her BS with University of Guam and is pursuing her interest with conservation of Guam's flora and fauna by working with EBL.

Jillian Kurovski is an undergraduate student with ISU. Her passion is working with arthropods and she is working on spider diversity in the Marianas.

Juan-Carlos Mungaray recently finished his BS with ISU and will be working with Mariana fruit bats on Rota. He is excited about the opportunity to further his skills in vertebrate ecology.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Field Observation by Ann Marie Gawel

Field Observation by EBL PhD candidate Ann Marie Gawel: I found Aglaia that seemed to be nice and ripe on Guam... until I found this little insect inside.

#30earthmonthheroes: Posting about Heroes of the Envirnonment

This past month EBL and others have been posting about heroes of the environment. These post can be found on the EBL Facebook page and on the twitter handle #30earthmonthheroes

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tree Growing Around a Deer Skull... interesting find by the EBL Crew

The EBL team spends much of its time out in the field collecting data and once in a while we come across strange and unique findings. EBL'ers Martin Kastner and Zia Crytser came across one of these findings just the other day. It is a deer skull stuck in a tree and the tree has grown around it. Any ideas about how this happened? (Photo taken by Zia)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Member of the EBL Team! Welcome Moneka!

The EBL team has a new member on the crew! Moneka De Oro is a proud daughter of the Marianas. Her academic, professional, and community endeavors have been grounded in protection of the natural environment and promotion of Chamoru culture. She has a BA in Anthropology and is currently completing her masters thesis in Micronesian Studies from the University of Guam. She served as an RET with EBL in 2017 and the EBL team is excited to have her back assisting in research!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

EBL Project has a New Publication in The Royal Society B!

The EBL Project has a new publication discussing how animal movement drives variation in seed dispersal distance across entire communities. 
Click here to read the publication. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The EBL Project hosted a National Geographic reporting writer and the finished product has been published!

In November 2018 the Ecology of Bird Loss Project hosted a reporting writer for National Geographic, Alexandra Ossola, on Guam. During the host period she attended the MTCC conference, went on a Brown Treesnake night search, attended a DOD sponsored field trip to active restoration sites, interviewed multiple stake holders on Guam, and interviewed EBL's PI Haldre Rogers (who is quoted in the article). Below is the link to the finished product in National Geographic.

Guam's ecological fate is in the hands of the U.S. military