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Neuroscientist Studying Monkeys in Ecuador Finds His Field Site Under Threat

Yasuní National Park in Ecuador, which is one of the most biodiverse places on this planet, has been opened up for oil exploration.

With 10 species of monkeys, the park serves as an ideal location for neuroscientist Max Snodderly to compare vision across monkeys in the wild.

"This park has 10 species of monkeys, and so it's an opportunity to compare animals that are in the same environment."

One of Snodderly's goals is to learn how primate visual systems evolved to optimize their ability to forage for food and survive. To see Snodderly in action on a platform high in the Yasuní forest canopy, and learn more about the controversy surrounding oil exploration in the park, check out this recent story on the PBS News Hour.

 

 

We've written about Yasuní Park in the past, where biologist Peter English and anthropologist Anthony Di Fiore were on an international team that identified Yasuní as the single most biodiverse region in the Western Hemisphere.

See:

Scientists Identify Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park As One of Most Biodiverse Places on Earth

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

Lee is the Director of Communications for the college. He holds a B.S. in Biology from UT and an M.S. in Entomology from UW-Madison. He lives in East Austin with his partner, their dog, and a garden full of plants and bugs.

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