Our hosts welcome us…and then some

Cecilia Toledo, the ecologist with whom we are collaborating picked us up this morning at 9 AM to head to the Universidade de Taubaté (UNITAU, for short) for meetings with her “boss” and her “boss’s boss”. I now wish I had packed some nicer clothes. For the most part, Robin sent me off with field clothes: […]

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Our hosts welcome us…and then some

Cecilia Toledo, the ecologist with whom we are collaborating picked us up this morning at 9 AM to head to the Universidade de Taubaté (UNITAU, for short) for meetings with her “boss” and her “boss’s boss”. I now wish I had packed some nicer clothes. For the most part, Robin sent me off with field clothes: […]

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We arrive

Our team and equipment. The dry shipper made the customs folks very nervous. It turns out “hummingbird” sounds a little too much like “human-bird”. Read more below. We’ve arrived in São Paulo. The flight was rather uneventful, which was fine by me. I’m glad I paid extra for the non-stop flights from Toronto to São […]

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We arrive

Our team and equipment. The dry shipper made the customs folks very nervous. It turns out “hummingbird” sounds a little too much like “human-bird”. Read more below. We’ve arrived in São Paulo. The flight was rather uneventful, which was fine by me. I’m glad I paid extra for the non-stop flights from Toronto to São […]

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The starting line

Our Brazilian adventure begins late on Wednesday night with a 10 hour flight from Toronto to Sao Paolo. The flight is delayed by about 30 minutes, but that doesn’t seem like much considering we had to move our departure date back by 1 month already. Doing research in Brazil is hard. The bureaucratic hurdles are […]

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The starting line

Our Brazilian adventure begins late on Wednesday night with a 10 hour flight from Toronto to Sao Paolo. The flight is delayed by about 30 minutes, but that doesn’t seem like much considering we had to move our departure date back by 1 month already. Doing research in Brazil is hard. The bureaucratic hurdles are […]

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Derrick wins AMNH grant

Congratulations to MSc student Derrick Groom on being awarded an American Museum of Natural History Frank M. Chapman Research Grant. These research funds will support Derrick’s field-based research on the evolution of fatty acid metabolism in hummingbirds taking place in Brazil in summer 2012.

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