Herpetology Outreach and Capacity Building
Many of our group’s projects are designed to combine the development of ecological concepts, models and methods and their application in the management of natural and altered habitats in an effort to improve strategies for the conservation of the biodiversity contained therein. The complex nature of many such problem domains has required research and collaborations across disciplines. Our research has largely profited from the exchange with active researchers and professionals in such different fields as conservation genetics, taxonomy, applied conservation, remote sensing, forestry, and computational modelling. A constant exchange and transfer of knowledge between our group and our partners is of vital importance for many of these projectes. Through these knowledge transfer partnerships we were able to establish a number of very productive collaborations and long-lasting work partnerships.
RECENT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
GUEST LECTURESHIPS IN ECOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS AND BIODIVERSITY STATISTICS, UNIVERSITY OF SURINAME
This project was funded by CBN and Tropenbos International and conducted in cooperation with our partner the National Zoological Collection of Suriname (G. Landburg and P. Obouter) and the Institute for Graduate Studies and Research of the Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname.
The one month course included seminars, lectures, and tutorials in ecological statistics with introduction to the free statistical software R. The course is currently implemented in the ADEKUS curriculum and the recently established Masters in Conservation Biology
PUBLIC AWARENESS & EDUCATION
In collaboration with our partner Iwokrama International Center for Rainforest Conservation and Development an amphibian awareness & education campaign was launched to promote the protection of and scientific research on the amphibian diversity in Guyana. This project was supported by the Chicago Zoological Society and the AZA’s Conservation Endowment Fund. The campaign included training of local NRDDB Wildlife Club members and distribution of educational posters to Wildlife Clubs, schools and local communities.