Dr. Marilyn Norconk Leads 3rd Annual Primate Ecology And Conservation Workshop in Suriname
Students and instructors of the 2015 Primate Ecology and Conservation Workshop in Suriname
Professor Marilyn Norconk organized and led the 3rd Annual Primate Ecology and Conservation Workshop in Suriname, South America, September 11-19, 2015. Marilyn coordinated the workshop with instructors from the Advanced Teachers Training Institute (IOL) and Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeK), both in Paramaribo. Instructors included former KSU/Anthropology graduate student, Ari Vreedzaam, and Chantal Landburg – both currently biology instructors at IOL. The eleven workshop participants were undergraduate students from Suriname, majoring in biology or environmental science. Students heard lectures on primate socioecology, tropical forest conservation, mapping and use of GIS, pros and cons of primate ecotourism, and Suriname-specific wildlife laws and conservation issues. The 6-day field portion of the workshop took place at Brownsberg Nature Park, where Dr. Norconk and KSU students have been conducting research since 2003. Workshop students worked on projects that contributed to the long-term monitoring of seven species of monkeys at the site, re-measured trees that were first identified and measured in 2004 to determine species specific- and habitat-specific growth patterns over the last decade, and conducted nutrient assessment surveys in disturbed habitats.
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More than 800 trees were remeasured in permanent plots set up in 2004.
Former KSU graduate student, Ari Vreedzaam, pointing at howler monkeys above them.
M. Norconk measuring the diameter of a small tree.
M. Norconk with workshop students on the last day in the field. From the far left: Niven Williams (course TA), Marie Fortune, Meriam Kalloe, M. Norconk, and Luciano Doest.