Ecology Archive

The Spider Monkeys of Belize

Spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) are one of the largest New World monkeys, they get their name from their tendency to stretch like a spider high up into the trees. They are easy to recognize with their …

Videos: The Science of Climate Change

2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, according to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) This follows a trend that saw both 2014 and 2015 also break record yearly temperatures due to …

Bioluminescence – Swimming Among the Stars


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Bioluminescence is the production of light within a living organism as the result of a chemical reaction.  Bioluminescence is the production of a cold light.  This means that less than 20% of the light produced …

Belize: A Sanctuary for Manatees

Manatees are, if not a common sight, at least a familiar one off Southeastern coasts of the United States. Found most often in the warm Gulf waters of Florida and Louisiana, but also as far …

Wildlife Conservation in the French Riviera

The French Riviera (or, as it’s called in France, the “Côte d’Azur”), isn’t exactly known for its triumphs in wildlife conservation. Names like Nice, Cannes and Antibes are famous worldwide both for their warm Mediterranean …

The Lionfish Invasion of Belize

Over the course of human existence various species have been accidentally and intentionally introduced into new environments. This can often lead to serious environmental consequences. The invasive species often push native species into extinction creating …

The Onset of the California Mega Drought

Water is quickly becoming the “blue gold” of the American southwest. Every day, new groundwater wells are being drilled, some to depths of over 1,000 feet and costing over $300,000 each, to access an ever-decreasing …

Some of Our Photos for Earth Day 2015

  To celebrate Earth Day 2015 and NASA’s #NoPlaceLikeHome campaign, we thought that we would post some pics of some of our favorite places we have traveled to! The Sibun River valley in Belize. The …

Growth of the Lionfish Population in the Caribbean

Every population requires similar resources – food, habitat, and reproductive opportunities -in order to survive. If minimum levels of resources are available, members of the population will not be able to achieve their biotic potential. …

Ecological Impact of Lionfish

When invasive species are introduced to a new ecosystem, they often cause a disruption to the natural balance of the ecosystem. The introduction of lionfish into the Atlantic and Caribbean is one of the factors …

Lionfish Invasion of the Caribbean

Over the course of human existence various species have been accidentally and intentionally introduced into new environments. This often leads to serious environmental consequences. Native species are often pushed into extinction by the invasive species, …