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In Focus - INAU / CO.BRA Research on the Giant Anteater

In a recent 1 hour German tv documentation, Lydia Moecklinghoff, PhD student and INAU / CO.BRA subproject team member, presented her research on the Giant Anteater from the southern Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul. Even if you are not undertanding German enjoy the outstanding close-up videos on this endangered and charismatic flagship species.  

Press link to start: Giant Anteater tv documentation

Photo: Left, Lydia Moecklinghoff, INAU / CO.BRA team member, presenting her research documentation at the German tv format Planet Wissen.  


Australian's visitors


Visitors from James Cook University, Australia  

In November Dr. Miriam Goosem and her husband Steve from James Cook University, Cairns, Australia visited our INAU / CO.BRA lab, after lecturing at UFMT - Sinop. Both scientists are known for their studies in tropical restoration ecology and rainforest road ecology. In their research on effects of roads and powerline clearings they apply ecoacustics to identify subtle effects such as anthropogenic road noise and its impact on faunal tropical community composition. Together with CO.BRA team members a potential future colaboration was discussed.    

Photo: Meeting at CO.BRA lab. Left to right: Dr. Miriam Goosem, Dr. Steve Goosem (Center for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Studies, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia), Dr. Ana Silvia Tissiani (CO.BRA), Filipe de Deus (CO.BRA).



New Wildlife Camera Study on Curassows (Cracidae) 

In October Martin Senic, Ms. student, joined us for a research project on the life history of a common Pantanal cracid, the Bare-faced Curassow (Crax fasciolata). His alma mater is the University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathemathics, Natural Sciences and Information Techologies, Koper, Slovenia, our INAU II / CO.BRA partner institution. Martin's research is part of our long term wildlife camera study which Kathrin Burs, PhD student, initiated 3 years ago. In his research he will evaluate camera trap data obtained during these years to test habitat occupancy models correlated to different covariates such as vegetation coverage or anthropogenic impacts.  

Photo: Martin Senic, Master of Science student of the University of Primorska, Slovenia, adjusting a wildlife camera at our SESC Pantanal study site.   



Globo Reporter: Pantanal - TV Wildlife Film


Recently, Globo Reporter, a national Brazilian TV series, released a natural history film on long term biodiversity studies conducted in the Pantanal. CO.BRA research was featured therein along with other scientific projects on the Pantanal biodiversity wetland fauna and flora. Click triangle to link to the Globo website and press button there again to enjoy the film.





Ghent meeting


APP Software Development for Automated Animal Sound Recognition


On September 15 a technical meeting took place at the University of Ghent, Belgium between CO.BRA and representatives of the Department of Information Technology to initiate of formal cooperation. The aim is to produce a software for mobile phones for an application to identify automatically recorded characteristic animal sounds from the Pantanal for nature tourism and citizen science. The APP development will be part of a MSc. thesis project of Heleen Cauwels using CO.BRA sound recordings. The project will be supervised by Prof. Paul Devos, Prof. Dick Botteldooren, Research Group WAVES, and CO.BRA team members.    


Photo: Technical meeting at the University of Ghent, Belgium, Department of Information Technology, Research Group WAVES Heleen Cauwels MSc. Student (left), Prof. Dr. Paul Devos (center), and CO.BRA Coordinator Prof. Dr. Charly Schuchmann (right). Photo by Prof. Dick Botteldooren. 


Pantanal Research flight


Up in the Sky - In Search of New Pantanal Study Sites


On May 24, CO.BRA team members undertook an aerial survey southwards along the River Paraguay to localize potential resting sites of migratory birds, e.g., sandbars and shallow lakes. Another objective of this activity was to look for pristine forest areas in the central western part of the Pantanal for future soundscape studies. Due to the extended inundation of large parts of the western Pantanal the GPS selected research localities during the flight need to be reconfirmed by a boat trip in 2018.     

Photo: Inundated areas of the western Pantanal. Green vegetation (foreground): floating islands of macrophytes.  


Photo: CO.BRA aerial survey team. Left to right: Prof. Dr. Julia Arieira, Prof. Dr. Charly Schuchmann, Filipe de Deus, MSc, PhD candidate, Prof. Dr. Marinez I. Marques, Dr. Ana Silvia Tissiani.   




Introducing CO.BRA Research Activities to First Semester IC Students 

With the start of the new semester (May 18) freshmen students arrived at the Institute of Computation, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiaba. As an introduction to the forthcoming courses on computer science and information systems our CO.BRA team member and new subproject coordinator Professor Dr. Thiago Ventura gave a presentation on the interdisciplinary research activities related to our computational bioacoustics Pantanal biodiversity monitoring studies. The students showed a great interest in the scientific information content provided by sounds, images, and videos during the presentation of Professor Thiago. We hope to see some of them in a few years to come as CO.BRA team collaborators. 



Photo: Professor Dr. Thiago Ventura (IC / UFMT) presenting a talk on CO.BRA research activities to students during the IC semester inauguration activities.  


Science: how to talk and write about it


Graduate Course "Science, How to Talk and Write About it"

The craft of scientific presentations is a major tool for academic careers in biology.

This course will focus on processes on scientific decision-making during the period of undergraduate and graduate studies. It includes the planning, structuring, writing, and presenting orally the results of scientific research. The course content will comprise the structuring and writing of undergraduate monographs, graduate dissertations, and PhD theses. The second major emphasis will cover the writing of scientific publications and presentions of science at meetings and congresses (seminar talks, posters, congress orals).

Course dates: May 10 - 20, 2017. 
Locations: Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá.

Contact: PPGZOO, Professor Marinez I. Marques 

TV Centro America


TV Documentation - The Pantanal Sounds Project in Focus


At the beginning of April a camera team from CENTRO AMERICA TV visited our Pantanal study sites and CO.BRA / LETA laboratory for three days to conduct a nature film documentation produced for the Brazilian national tv station GLOBO in Rio de Janeiro. Besides our bioacoustic research several other INAU projects are part of this 30 min special tv program featuring biological sciences in the Pantanal wetlands. 

Photo: A nature film team from Centro America documented our Pantanal bioacoustic monitoring research for a forthcoming GLOBO tv production.