Category: Academic Publications

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The Medicinal Plant Markets of Bogota, Colombia

In a recent article published by the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine the authors (Rainer W. Bussmann, Narel Y. Paniagua Zambrana, Carolina Romero and Robbie E. Hart) presented the results of their study exploring multiple markets in Colombia’s capital. The study encountered 409 plant species belonging to 319 genera and 122 families. These were used for a total of 19 disease categories with 318 different applications. They … Read More The Medicinal Plant Markets of Bogota, Colombia

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Detecting and Attributing Drivers of Forest Disturbance in the Colombian Andes Using Landsat Time-Series

On a recent article about the forest disturbance in the Colombian Andes, authors Paulo J. Murillo-Sandoval, Thomas Hilker, Meg A. Krawchuk and Jamon Van Den Hoek talk about Colombia’s  “megadiversity” given its high level of endemism and species richness. However, over the last 50 years, as they explain,  the spread of informal settlements into forested regions, internal social conflict, and the growing demand for agricultural land have increased the … Read More Detecting and Attributing Drivers of Forest Disturbance in the Colombian Andes Using Landsat Time-Series

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The Ethnobotany of Eden

Geographer Robert A. Voeks’s new book will soon be available. In the mysterious and pristine forests of the tropics, a wealth of ethnobotanical panaceas and shamanic knowledge promises cures for everything from cancer and AIDS to the common cold. To access such miracles, we need only to discover and protect these medicinal treasures before they succumb to the corrosive forces of the modern world. … Read More The Ethnobotany of Eden

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The Andean Cock-of-the-rock are frugivorous bird predators

In a recent article on The Wilson Journal of Ornithology In-Press, authors  Laura Mahecha, Nickole Villabona, Laura Sierra, David Ocampo, and Oscar Laverde-R. described the Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) as a frugivorous bird predator. “Cotingas are considered essentially frugivorous, but a few records suggest they might include small vertebrates in their diet, mainly during the breeding season.” In March 2015, the authors recorded a young … Read More The Andean Cock-of-the-rock are frugivorous bird predators

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Environmental Crime in Latin America: The Theft of Nature and the Poisoning of the Land

In the new journal “Critical Criminology” from The official Journal of the ASC Division on Critical Criminology and the ACJS Section on Critical Criminology, authors David Rodríguez Goyes, Hanneke Mol, Avi Brisman and Nigel South (eds) wrote the article Environmental Crime in Latin America: The Theft of Nature and the Poisoning of the Land, which talks about wildlife trafficking in Brazil and Colombia. Learn … Read More Environmental Crime in Latin America: The Theft of Nature and the Poisoning of the Land

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Plant-Insect Phenology and Pollination

This post is the latest in the series Uncover Diverse Colombia by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia for journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography. As Scaven and Rafferty 2013 described, there is relatively very little research on the physiology of many crucial pollinators influenced by warming temperatures. On their new book (*) Tree Pollination Under Global Climate Change , … Read More Plant-Insect Phenology and Pollination

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Updated Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of Colombia.

Diverse Colombia by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia for journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography. The Asociación Colombiana de Ictiólogos (ACICTIOS), the largest network of fish experts in Colombia, has created a reference list of all the fresh water species in the country. After Brazil, Colombia holds the Second place in the number of fresh water species, with a … Read More Updated Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of Colombia.

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A Teleological Approach to the Wicked Problem of Managing Utría National Park

Diverse Colombia by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia for journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography. On a recent article on Environmental Values, an international peer-reviewed journal from White Horse Press, about philosophy, economics, politics, sociology, geography, anthropology and ecology authors Nicolás Acosta García, Katharine Farrell, Hannu Heikkinen and Simo Sarkki focused on the remote biodiversity hotspot of Utría National Park in Colombia. The Park … Read More A Teleological Approach to the Wicked Problem of Managing Utría National Park

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Pollen of Colombian Magnolias

This post is the latest in the series Uncover Diverse Colombia by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia for journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography. A new journal article in Caldasia about the pollen of Colombian magnolias by Marcela Serna-González and César Velásquez-Ruiz was recently published by the Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. The articles unveils how Colombia, with 36 species, … Read More Pollen of Colombian Magnolias

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State of the Art of Coffee Drying Technologies in Colombia

This post is the latest in the series Uncover Diverse Colombia by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia for journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography. On a recent article published by Revista Espacios, the authors described how one of the most relevant stages of coffee processing is drying due to the fact that it affects the quality of the organoleptic properties … Read More State of the Art of Coffee Drying Technologies in Colombia

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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Challenges in the Colombian Caribbean

This post is the latest in the series Uncover Diverse Colombia by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia for journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography. The Colombian Caribbean, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, is facing great challenges in biodiversity conservation due to accelerated ecosystem transformations and the territorial planning required for peacemaking.  A … Read More Biodiversity and Ecosystem Challenges in the Colombian Caribbean

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Changes in the avifauna in a high Andean cloud forest in Colombia

This post is the latest in the series Uncover Diverse Colombia by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia for journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography. “The upper altitude ecosystems of the Andes are among the most threatened by climate change. Computer models suggest that a large percentage of species in these ecosystems will be at risk of … Read More Changes in the avifauna in a high Andean cloud forest in Colombia