Month: May 2015

Late night field work

One of the things that I enjoy the most while doing field work in the jungle is to do field work at night. Spiders and many other creatures become more active at night time, therefore to understand patterns of spider

Field work

Field work in the jungle is a very intense experience; this is a hostile work environment, which in part you could fight by using one of these creative tennis rackets that deliver an electric shock to kill flying insects (in here

Pichincha volcano

While part of the local team was sorting the research permits at the Ministery, picking up some extra malaise traps (flying insect traps) at the university, checking on the field vehicle that is getting fixed, etc. some of us took advantage of

The full crew meets in Quito

This is part of the crew that did a great job scouting for study sites in West Ecuador (from left to right: Luis (soon starting his PhD at UBC in the Avilés lab), Jen (Postdoc in the Avilés lab), Mark (Master

Diversity in the western Ecuador: moist and dry forests

Did you ever imagine that spiders could live together in societies just like ants or humans do? In many tropical places of the world, including Ecuador, there are social spiders, and these can build nests more than 10 meters across, which

Starting the field season in Ecuador

Well, I finally arrived to Quito! After a short walk around the historic district, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Centre (see picture), I said good bye to Quito to say hello to my trip ahead. This time I travelled across the cloud forest west of Quito

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