Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist


Berlese trap extraction from Ethiopia

Neville Winchester provides us with a sample picture of one Berlese trap extraction taken from a Church Forest in Ethiopia (click for a larger image):

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Ethiopia 2010 Photo Gallery – Phil Harpootlian

Photos from Ethiopia taken by Phil Harpootlian:

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Ground sample of Church Forest biodiversity

One of scientist Neville Winchester’s samples, illustrating the biodiversity of Ethiopian church forests (click for a larger image):

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Ethiopia 2010 – The worst moments

Along with some great moments, came some bad.
Here are some of the “worst” things about our Ethiopia expedition:

Car trouble
Hornbill-hitting-windscreen (will send from laptop)
Eating ONLY with the right hand (because the left is used for something else)
Watching where you step….. the church forest ground abounds with dung-beetle habitat

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Ethiopia 2010 – The best moments

As I muse about our last 3 weeks in Ethiopia, and count my blessings for toasted cheese sandwiches, sidewalks, books, and cotton sheets on my bed in America, I think about the incredible experiences of working in Ethiopia.
The best moments:

Our amazing team of scientists and citizens

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Insects in the Church Forests

Here are a few of the critters we were surveying — got 135 birds, but all but about 11 were outside the church forests.
We got over 3000 insects as mentioned earlier, with a large portion Diptera and also Coleoptera. Of note many of the Coleoptera tend to

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Church of Saint George, Lalibela

We are in our final phases of the Ethiopia expedition, with over 3000 insects logged by various field methods, over 1000-person hours of field time, and several thousand hours of field work yet to process back in our labs and libraries at home institutions. The project was

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Activities in the field

Some various photos from our activities in the field here in Ethiopia:

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Bahir Dar

Short pictorial guide to our first “base camp”, Hotel Ghion, in the town of Bahir Dar in Ethiopia:

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Short Description of the Church Forests in Ethiopia

In the northeastern highlands of Ethiopia, agriculture and encroaching desert has replaced most of the original dry Afro-montane forests. These remaining patches of forest usually surround the Ethipian Orthodox Tewahido churches, since they are considered sacred and spiritual. Some of these church forests are over 1500 years

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