March 3, 2016
Our last week in Lima was a busy one. We are working from an apartment in the beautiful bohemian neighborhood of Barranco. We have built a lab in the living room where we examine our specimens and refine preliminary identifications performed in the field. Our certainty about what we thought were potential new species grows after checking pertinent literature and pictures of museums specimens. We also work on the paperwork necessary to export part of the samples to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (half or more will stay in Peru).
In addition, we have been attending two important scientific events that are taking place in Lima this week: the 36th Annual Symposium On Sea Turtle Biology And Conservation, and the Day of Wildlife, celebrated today at the Natural History Museum of San Marcos University.
José Padial and his team of researchers have traveled to the remote Vilcabamba mountains of Peru in the pursuit of biodiversity research. He blogs and sends photos as often as possible capturing his expedition along the way and his return home to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA.