A large part of the student cohort from the University of Idaho headed to Vilcabamba (a local city famous for the oldest, healthiest people in Ecuador and for weird, shammanic plants. Periodically, a Dutch tourist will disappear for months and re-emerge with mold on his knickers.
I- on the other hand- spent the day with Haley Egan and Meghan Camp (Idaho students) and Rodrigo Cisneros, a good friend and professor from the Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja (UTPL).
We're evaluating methods for assessing Andean Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) home range and movement patterns- using both radio collars and DNA analysis. As a consequence, we need to chase after things like hair, saliva and poo. Sort of C.S.I. for the crunchies.
Haley, on the right, is giving her very first tube of Andean Bear scat a swirly. Note the gorgeous expanse of Loja sprawling out in the background.
Great Day. Hasta luego!