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Tadpole research works with indigenous communities

Trainee Achievements

Tadpole research works with indigenous communities

Chris Schalk is working with the the indigenous governing organization of the Isoso communities in the Bolivian Chaco. His project is focusing on understanding the mechanisms affecting the abundance and distribution of tadpoles across the Gran Chaco. He has discussed the objectives of his project with the capitans of three indigenous communities in which he is conducting his research and facilitated a community meeting introducing his project to the Isoceno people. He has also initiated a collaboration with Rosa Leny Cuellar, director of the Kaa-Iya National Park, to begin a program monitoring the aquatic biodiversity of the park with indigenous park guards. Finally, he also a mentor to an an undergraduate student at the Universidad Autonomia, Gabriel Rene Moreno in Santa Cruz, Bolivia for her Licenciatura thesis. The topic of her thesis is complementary to Chris”s research, as she is studying the aquatic invertebrate commmunities of the Bolivian Chaco.