Caroline Chaboo was a former assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and curator in the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. She has extensive field experience in Austral Asia, the Americas and southern Africa. She is a beetle specialist and is investigating arthropod community diversity in the Neotropics.
Learn more about her research here: http://biodiversity.ku.edu/entomology/people/caroline-chaboo . Caroline Chaboo focuses on the biology, behavior and systematics of chrysomelid leaf beetles. After developing a hypothesis of broad evolutionary relationships, she is looking more closely at small groups, collecting and incorporating data from beetle life history, host plant choices, and insect defenses. Her research program goals are to refine evolutionary relationships, improve current classification schemes, and examine the evolution of various features, e.g., host plant choice, maternal care, gregariousness, construction behavior and morphology.
BIOL 418/701: TOPICS IN FIELD BIOLOGY IN COSTA RICA
The two-week program was open to undergraduates and graduates with limited or no experience in field biology.
The program was led by Dr. Caroline S. Chaboo, formerly a curator in entomology in the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum. Dr. Chaboo was an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and has been conducting field research in insect diversity and biology.
Students of wide interests and backgrounds were invited to participate; a prime motivation for bringing a diversity of participant interests into such science expedition was to cross boundaries between disciplines in the arts, sciences and humanities (see Kafka 2011).
Insects are the largest group of animals known on earth and they are extremely important as pollinators, recyclers, and in food chains. One can study any biological question using insects. This program explored the diversity of insects e.g., How many species are there? Is the species rare, abundant, threatened or extinct? As well as the problems involved in identifying them: how do we recognize new species? Insect science is a rare field where even non-professionals can make significant contributions to science.
Call Number: QH106.5 .K75 1997 Shelved at Anschutz Library-Reserve
A Neotropical Companion is an extraordinarily readable introduction to the American tropics, the lands of Central and South America, their remarkable rainforests and other ecosystems, and the creatures that live there. It is the most comprehensive one-volume guide to the Neotropics available today. Widely praised in its first edition, it remains a book of unparalleled value to tourists, students, and scientists alike. This second edition has been substantially revised and expanded to incorporate the abundance of new scientific information that has been produced since it was first published in 1989. Major additions have been made to every chapter, and new chapters have been added on Neotropical ecosystems, human ecology, and the effects of deforestation. Biodiversity and its preservation are discussed throughout the book, and Neotropical evolution is described in detail. This new edition offers all new drawings and photographs, many of them in color.
Call Number: QH541.5.R27 W45 1990 Shelved at Anschutz Library-Reserve
Publication Date: 1990
An introduction to tropical rain forests. What are tropical rain forest? Plant life. Rain forest animals. Interconnections between plants and animals - the web of life. Tropical rain forests through time. Forest dynamics. Nutrients and their cycles. Species richness. Tropical rain forests yesterday, today, and tomorrow. (Google Books description)
Call Number: QH75 .C66153 2010 Shelved at Anschutz Library-Reserve
Publication Date: 2010
"Conservation Biology for All" provides cutting-edge but basic conservation science to a global readership. A series of authoritative chapters have been written by the top names in conservation biology with the principal aim of disseminating cutting-edge conservation knowledge as widely as possible. Important topics such as balancing conversion and human needs, climate change, conservation planning, designing and analyzing conservation research, ecosystem services, endangered species management, extinctions, fire, habitat loss, and invasive species are covered.
"Rhythms in the Clouds" explores the origins and the patterns of diversity with spectacular footage and sounds gathered over the course of several years by local naturalists Alexander Villegas and Mark Wainwright."
"Monteverde is a region in the mountains of the northwestern Costa Rica that harbors more biodiversity than almost any other place on the planet. . . . This presentation also examines both the value and the fragility of the region’s ecosystems, making a moving call for ongoing conservation work in Monteverde...and worldwide" - DVD. --60 min.
An introduction to Costa Rica, this book includes over 50 texts related to the history, culture, politics, & natural environment. Most are written by Costa Ricans & many are translated for the first time.