A Day in the Field – Colombia

November 17, 2017

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientists (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) The past two months I spent in the field finalizing research sites and setting transects for my Ph.D. work in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Although we traverse across properties and elevations every few days, below is what an “average” day looks like. Read more

All the Way Up (Almost)

July 20, 2017

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientists (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) It started as most field expeditions start: I forgot to bring something important—my camera lens. We were hiking to 3,500+ meters, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so why prioritize my camera? After a frustrating day preparing for the expedition and trying to navigate the language barriers, Read more

Off to Colombia for a Year

July 12, 2017

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientist (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) Moving is a pain. Lots of people do it, nobody likes it. I’ve moved five times in the last five years (California, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas) and now, yet again, I am moving to Santa Marta, Colombia. Santa Marta, Colombia, the oldest South Read more

Update from the field: Search for the Santa Marta Toro

July 26, 2016

I have spent six weeks exploring the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta (SNSM), Colombia. The SNSM is the world’s tallest coastal mountain range and rises from 0 to 5,000 meters in under 50 kilometers. It is a remarkable region known for high levels of biodiversity and endemism. My main objective is to find the elusive Read more

Search for the Toro pt 2: Local ecological knowledge

July 5, 2016

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientist (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) Due to the elusive nature of the Toro, my colleague, Chris Jordan (Global Wildlife Conservation), and I decided that conducting unstructured interviews with local people would be the best way to find out information on the Toro. I laminated pictures of the raton and Read more

Searching for the Lost Toro pt 1

June 20, 2016

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientist (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) Many creatures lurk in the forest at night, yet some remain to be seen. The Santa Marta Toro (Santamartamys rufodorsalis) is one of these species. The fuzzy, red, medium-bodied rodent was thought to be extinct for 113 years before being rediscovered in the jungles Read more

Honoring endangered species all year round

May 20, 2016

May 20th marks Endangered Species Day, but at Global Wildlife Conservation, we celebrate biodiversity every second of every day. We checked in with GWC staff and GWC associate conservation scientists to learn more about why each person is committed to doing what it takes to conserve wildlife—and to discover which endangered species are among the Read more