I am a behavioral ecologist, and I studied parental care and tadpole schooling in the Neotropical frog, Leptodactylus insularum for my PhD at the University of Connecticut.

I am interested in all types of animal behavior, currently parental care in anurans and hummingbird-plant interactions.

I currently split my time between San Antonio, Tx and Bogota, Colombia!

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Andean Cock-of-the-rock - Photo (c) Nathan Rupert, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Andean Cock-of-the-rock Info
The Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) is a medium-sized passerine bird of the Cotinga family native to Andean cloud forests in South America. It is widely regarded as the national bird of Peru. It has four subspecies and its closest relative is the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. (From Wikipedia)
Boulenger's Treefrog - Photo (c) Brian Gratwicke, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Boulenger's Treefrog Info
Scinax boulengeri is a species of frog in the Hylidae family. It is found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and possibly Honduras. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, intermittent freshwater marshes, pastureland, plantations, rural gardens, and urban areas. (From Wikipedia)
Blue-crowned Motmot - Photo (c) Luciano Giussani, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Blue-crowned Motmot Info
The Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota) is a colourful near-passerine bird found in forests and woodlands of eastern Mexico, Central America, northern and central South America, and Trinidad and Tobago. As presently defined, it includes several taxa that possibly should be recognized as valid species, including the Andean Motmot (or Highland Motmot), Momotus aequatorialis. (From Wikipedia)
King Vulture - Photo (c) Brian Gratwicke, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
King Vulture Info
The King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) is a large bird found in Central and South America. It is a member of the New World vulture family Cathartidae. This vulture lives predominantly in tropical lowland forests stretching from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. It is the only surviving member of the genus Sarcoramphus, although fossil members are known. (From Wikipedia)
Nautiluses - Photo (c) Klaus Stiefel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Nautiluses Info
The Nautilida constitute a large and diverse order of generally coiled nautiloid cephalopods that began in the mid Paleozoic and continues to the present with a single family, the Nautilidae which includes two genera, Nautilus and Allonautilus, with six species. All told, between 22 and 34 families and 165 to 184 genera have been recognised, making this the largest order of the subclass Nautiloidea. (From Wikipedia)
Frogs and Toads - Photo (c) Tony Alter, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Frogs and Toads Info
Frogs are a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura (Ancient Greek an-, without + oura, tail). The oldest fossil "proto-frog" appeared in the early Triassic of Madagascar, but molecular clock dating suggests their origins may extend further back to the Permian, 265 million years ago. Frogs are widely distributed, ranging from the tropics to subarctic regions, but the greatest concentration of species diversity is found in tropical rainforests. There... (From Wikipedia)
Marmosets and Tamarins - Photo (c) grendelkhan, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Marmosets and Tamarins Info
The Callitrichidae (also called Arctopitheci or Hapalidae) is a family of New World monkeys, including marmosets and tamarins. At times this group of animals has been regarded as a subfamily, called Callitrichinae, of the family Cebidae. (From Wikipedia)
Rhinoceros - Photo (c) Art G., some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Rhinoceros Info
The members of the genus Rhinoceros are the one-horned rhinoceroses. The word "rhinoceros" is of Greek origin; "rhino" meaning "nose", and "ceros" meaning "horn". The genus contains two species, the Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) and the Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus). Although both members are endangered, the Javan Rhinoceros is one of the most endangered large mammals in the world with only 60 individuals surviving in Java (Indonesia). A fossil jawbone of an extinct species, Rhinoceros philippinensis,... (From Wikipedia)
Octopus - Photo (c) Morten Brekkevold, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Octopus Info
Octopus is the largest genus of octopuses, comprising more than 100 species. These species are widespread throughout the world's oceans. (From Wikipedia)
Hummingbirds - Photo (c) Anders Illum, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Hummingbirds Info
Hummingbirds are birds that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird. They hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second (depending on the species). They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings, which sometimes sounds like bees or other insects.... (From Wikipedia)
Leptodactylus insularum - Photo (c) kjhurme, all rights reserved, uploaded by Kristiina Hurme C
Leptodactylus insularum Info
Leptodactylus bolivianus is a species of frog in the Leptodactylidae family. Its local name is sapo-rana boliviano ("Bolivian toad-frog"). (From Wikipedia)