Early in the trip, I visited the famous research site of Barro Colorado Island (BCI), where I was able – with my family – to see howler monkeys and all sorts of other wonders. Back at the town of Gamboa a few days later, I was called on to give a lecture to the “tropical boot camp” class that included graduate students from the McGill-STRI NEO program, the STRI-Indiana IGERT program, and Arizona State University. I decided to give my boiler-plate talk outlining a conceptual framework for eco-evolutionary dynamics because I figured most of the students would be ecologists and it would perhaps be worthwhile to encourage them to include an evolutionary perspective into their ecological thinking.
|A leaf cutter ant in the clutches of an ant lion (zoom in for a better view of the lion).|
|Spooning is universal|
|Toads all over the place|
|A very big tarantula at our door asking to come in.|