My fieldwork sites for my PhD project on adaptation to altitude in Heliconius erato and melpomene include many places across the Ecuadorian Andes (West to East): Tonsupa (Esmeraldas), Puerto Quito, Mashpi Lodge, Pacto, Mindo, ||the Andes||, Narupa Reserve (Jocotoco), Universidad Regional Amazónica de Ikiam (Tena), Reserva Jatun Satcha, Misahuallí. Here are some pictures that don’t make the sites justice!
Mocoa (Putumayo, Colombia). January 2017
A group from Cambridge and Sheffield universities (Kathy Darragh, Chris Jiggins, Nicola Nadeau) went to southern Colombia, joining our collaborators from Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá). The magical region of Putumayo has been too dangerous to visit for decades. We were lucky to be able to go to the areas near Mocoa where Heliconius tristero was first collected and then described as a new species in 1996 just from a few specimens. We collected many H. tristero in this trip and we’re currently studying its genome.
PS this last picture was the last one of us as healthy human beings, then we ate guinea pig and drank dodgy water and we got ill.
Floresta Nacional do Jamari, Rondonia, Brazil. June-September 2015.
Fieldwork for my Masters in Research at the University of Sheffield. Worked in a selective logging concession for a few months (with the company AMATA Brasil).
Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. August 2014
Field course at the Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah.
Santa Barbara, California. April 2014
Collecting the stick insect Timema cristinae in Los Padres National Forest to set up a density-dependence field experiment.