Kimberly Holbrook arrived today. She will be here with a post-doc contract (Juan de la Cierva post-doc from the Spanish Minsterio de Educación), working on seed dispersal patterns of tropical species compared to temperate species. What we want to do is to assess comparatively the long-distance dispersal patterns mediated by tropical and non-tropical frugivores.
Course on measurement of colors of flowers and fruits
Together with Alfredo Valido, I gave a short and introductory course on fruit colors and their measurement. We gave that course just prior to the ECOFLOR meeting in Valencia, one of the nicest meetings we have here, where a bunch of great people working on pollination biology get together.
New paper in PLoS One
We now have our manuscript on seed dispersal by extinct megafauna accepted in PLoS One. It should come to the light by the 5th March.
Guimarães Jr, P., Galetti, M. and Jordano, P. 2008. Seed dispersal anachronisms: rethinking the fruits extinct megafauna ate. PLoS ONE.
Just arrived from Brazil
I’m just arrived from a trip to Brazil. This time Mauro is in Stanford university, so I was doing field work in Ilha de Cardoso ‘bem soazinho’, working with spatial patterns of recruitment in the palm Euterpe edulis, one of our favorite species there. In addition I went to Parque Estadual Carlos Botelho where I keep taking data on palmito regeneration. Briefly, I was aiming at characterizing the recruitment microhabitats of palmito in these two locations of Atlantic rainforest. I was using hemispherical photographs as well as direct measurements of site traits. In Cardoso I also worked with mapping of seedling, sapling, and adult spatial patterns.