Researching for Conservation

There are many cases where we do not yet understand enough about an organism or ecosystem to properly work in conserving them. This is why we are proud to participate in and support a wide variety of research projects. Many of ADOPTA's staff and volunteers are professional biologists, particularly with a background in birds, and we are currently partnering with SELVA to study migratory birds as they pass through Central and South America. Our hope is to identify major stopover locations and prioritize these areas for conservation. For more information on this project, Click Here.

However, most of the research efforts we support occur at Cerro Chucantí, our main conservation site. Chucantí is a mountain which has produced dozens of exciting finds over the last 15 years, including many species of plants and animals completely new to science. As a relatively untouched and isolated cloud forest ecosystem, Cerro Chucantí offers many other opportunities for studying a unique and uncommon tropical ecosystem as well. If you are interested in researching at Cerro Chucantí, Click Here to learn more about the site or Contact Us.

Selected Publications

Linked PaperAuthor(s)YearTitle
Bezark, L.G., W.H. Tyson, and N.M. Schiff2013New species of Cerambycidae from Panama, with new distribution records (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Bermúdez, S., R. Miranda, Y. Zaldívar, P. González, G. Berguido, D. Trejos, J.M. Pascale, and M. Labruna2012Detection of Rickettsia spp. in ectoparasites of domestic and wild animals of the Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve and surrounding communities, Panama, 2007-2010
Méndez-Carvajal, P.G.2012Preliminary Primate Survey at the Chucanti Nature Reserve, Darien Province,
Republic of Panama
Múrria, C., A.T. Rugenski, M.R. Whiles, and A.P. Vogler2015Long-term isolation and endemicity of
Neotropical aquatic insects limit the
community responses to recent
amphibian decline
Miranda, R.J. and S.E. Bermúdez2010Strophaeus Sebastiani, new species of Barychelidae (Araneae: Mygalomorphae) from Panamá.
Walker, W.J., A. Dorrestein, J.J. Camacho, L.A. Meckler, K.A. Silas, T. Hiller, and D. Haelewaters2018A tripartite survey of hyperparasitic fungi associated with ectoparasitic flies on bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in a neotropical cloud forest in Panama
Batista, A.2014A new species of Bolitoglossa (Amphibia: Plethodontidae) from eastern Panama, with comments on other members of the adspersa species group from eastern Panama.
Batista, A., G. Köhler, K. Mebert, A. Hertz, and M. Veselý2016An integrative approach to reveal speciation and species richness in the genus Diasporus (Amphibia: Anura: Eleutherodactylidae) in eastern Panama.
Flores, R., C. Black, and A. Ibáñez2017A new species of Heliconia (Heliconiaceae) with pendent inflorescence, from Chucantí Private Nature Reserve, eastern Panama.
Ortiz, O.O., R.M. Baldini, G. Berguido, and T.B. Croat2016New species of Anthurium (Araceae) from Chucantí Nature Reserve, eastern Panama.
Batista, A., K. Mebert, S. Lotzkat, and L.D. Wilson2016A new species of centipede snake of the genus Tantilla (Squamata: Colubridae) from an isolated premontane forest in eastern Panama.
Vencl, F.V., X. Luan, X. Fu, and L.S. Maroja2017A day-flashing Photinus firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) from
central Panamá: an emergent shift to predator-free space?
Dressler, R.L.2003Chysis Violacea, an attractive new species from eastern Panamá, with the prediction of another to come.
Batista, A., A. Hertz, G. Köhler, K. Mebert, and M. Vesely2014Morphological variation and phylogeography of frogs related to
Pristimantis caryophyllaceus (Anura: Terrarana: Craugastoridae)
in Panama