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Scientist Assessing Biodiversity on Costa Rica Coffee Farms

A doctoral candidate at the University of Rhode Island has spent the past half a year in Costa Rica studying the biodiversity of mammals on at three coffee farms in Costa Rica.

S. Amanda Caudill, who’s soon to return stateside, has been providing regular updates to the New York Times:

We have collected a robust data set, spent more than 150 days working in the field and sampled more than 180 acres of coffee landscape in this seven-month period. To date, we have captured more than 1,000 animals at our three sites and seen at least 15 different mammal species.

In her most recent post, Caudill continued to say that she hopes the data she and her team collected can ultimately go toward informing coffee certifiers on how to better maintain habitat for native species:

I will be heading back to the States in a couple of weeks to finish up my last semester of classes at the University of Rhode Island, take the comprehensive exams for my doctorate degree and analyze all of this data that we have collected. Hopefully from the analysis, we will find correlations among the various habitat parameters and the mammal diversity and abundance. From there, we can provide suggestions to the coffee certifiers on how to enhance the habitat on the coffee farms for these mammals.

The full story: New York Times Blog