Umbrellabird study featured in <i>Natural History Magazine</i>
The February 2010 <i>Natural History Magazine</i>, published by the American Museum of Natural History, features an article on the study of the Long-wattled Umbrellabird conducted by Dr. Jordan Karubian in the Chocó rainforest in Ecuador.
Dr. Karubian is the Latin America Director for the Institute of the Environment's Center for Tropical Research (CTR).
Long-wattled Umbrellabirds are large birds endemic to the Chocó rainforest. Umbrellabirds eat fruit and are important dispersers of large seeds of primary forest trees. As such, they play a critical ecological role in the maintenance of primary forest and in the regeneration of disturbed habitat.
Dr. Karubian recently moved to New Orleans to accept a position as an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University (http://karubian.tulane.edu/lab/Home.html). He will continue his work in Ecuador and will remain the Latin America Director for CTR.
Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2010