• Summer 2013 Biology Program Goals

  • Admin04/26/2013
  • Overall Goals
    • Learn about and document the immense biodiversity of the Tres Brazos valley
    • Develop a system for monitoring and maintaining a balance with the surrounding ecosystem
    • Observe and explore of the rain forest
    • Assimilate with other programs and species
    • Improve overall sustainability
    • Collaborate with experts from INDICASAT
    • Educate and Inspire
    • Gain more experience and knowledge as a field biologist
    Potential Project Ideas
    Biological Science
    • Biodiversity inventory: Arthropods (insects, spiders, crustaceans, millipedes, etc.), Worms, Mollusks, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Plants, Fungi, anything else you can think of
    • Ethnobotany (plants and their traditional/medicinal uses)
    • Aquaculture
    • Bee keeping
    • Ecological data collection
    • Weather patterns, greenhouse gas analysis, tree density/size, canopy cover, % primary forest, leaf litter plots, soil chemistry, water quality (chemical, physical, biological), common species, flower/pollinator interactions, other symbiotic interactions
    • Diseases: human, animal, plant. Water or Vector-borne
    • Study how burned areas alter biodiversity
    • Begin developing a proposal for establishing a long-term ecological monitoring project
    • Education for local Panamanians about biodiversity and the importance of conserving the forest
    Water infrastructure
    • Install water filter in established water pipe
    • Getting a second collection tank
    • Trenching/creating drainage for tank overflow
    • Burying the pipe in necessary areas
    • Expanding the use of the water (ex for showers, hand washing at bathrooms)
    • Calculating/recording water consumption
    • Develop a comprehensive wastewater plan for the valley camp
    Other sustainability improvements and renewable technology projects
    • Solar heated hot water shower
    • Solar powered lights
    • Plant natural insect repellent plants (Citronella, Horsemint, Ageratum, Catnip, etc.)
    • Solar powered composting toilet
    • Design and build a rainwater harvesting system to provide an additional water source for camp
    • Research innovative irrigation, composting methods, and permaculture methods for the farm
    • Draft an EMS, Environmental Management System, for Kalu Yala