Recap from the 2018 VectorBiTE workshop

VectorBiTE: Vector Behavior in Transmission Ecology by the Quantitative Ecological Dynamics Lab

JUNE 21, 2018  |  BY FADOUA EL MOUSTAID

The Quantitative Ecological Dynamics Lab, led by Leah Johnson, just wrapped up a third VectorBiTE workshop at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA. The VectorBiTE project is a Research Coordination Network that seeks to build a collaborative network of interdisciplinary researchers to investigate the effect of vector behavior and life history on transmission dynamics. More about the goals and the organizing team can be ...

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Cultural Perspectives: Stories from VT Ecuador Study Abroad

STUDENT REFLECTIONS FROM THE 2018 VT ECUADOR STUDY ABROAD TRIP
Language Barriers

Being in Ecuador made me realize how hard it can be for people to communicate when you don’t speak the same language. It makes you feel as though you are very far from the person speaking the other language because you cannot communicate back. It makes it hard to get to know the other if you don’t speak the same languages. However, I see this feeling as an amazing opportunity ...

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A place of contradiction: A student’s reflection from the VT Ecuador Study Abroad Trip

STUDENT REFLECTIONS FROM THE 2018 VT ECUADOR STUDY ABROAD TRIP

Written by Mark Feinberg, Undergraduate Student in the Water: Resources, Policy and Management Program within the College of Natural Resources

This trip has been the best experience in nature that I have ever had. We have visited places with the most amazing wildlife and food. In the highlands of the Andes, for example, we went to a lodge that had hundreds of hummingbirds. They would even land on you if you ...

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Hooked by a troop of howler monkeys

STUDENT REFLECTIONS FROM THE 2018 VT ECUADOR STUDY ABROAD TRIP

On a hot and humid day, on a scheduled hike in the lowlands of the Amazon forest, we hopped out of our canoe and started on what we thought was originally just a day hike. Within minutes we hear this deep, low-pitched booming call in the distance instantaneously recognized to be the call of a red howler monkey. Our Huarani guide Ramon immediately picks up pace ...

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Update from VT Ecuador Study Abroad

Greetings from the cloud forest!!  We completed the first leg of our adventure in the lowland Amazon rainforest.  Toucans, tarantulas, hoatzins, scarlet macaws, and caiman…just to name a handful of the species we observed in one of the most biodiverse places on earth. The Shiripuno Lodge made us feel at home in the most remote place most folks in our group will ever experience.  The rainfall was epic, even by Amazon standards.  A lifetime of experiences and stories, and considerable personal growth for students ...

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Scientists find link between increases in local temperature and antibiotic resistance

From Vector, the Boston Children’s clinical and research innovation blog

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