Monteverde, Costa Rica
|Sturnira ludovici, Monteverde, Costa Rica|
As part of a tropical ecology-focused study abroad program,
- Designed and conducted an independent field research project, “Cospeciation of parasitic streblid batflies and their microchiropteran hosts.”
- Mist-netted, identified, marked, and removed ectoparasites from bats. Collected, preserved, and identified batflies.
- Used microscopic morphological characters to generate a phylogeny of batflies and compared it to the bat host phylogeny. High elevation bat species and their batflies have similar phylogenetic structure, and may have cospeciated in relative isolation.
|Strebla hertigi, Monteverde, Costa Rica|