MUSEUM: NERDY IS THE NEW COOL

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Love lab work

Not all biological science is fieldwork. Over the last nine years Para La Tierra has worked hard to create the one of the most significant reference collections in Paraguay. We are now the custodians of one of the most important resources for conservation and natural history, in a country where relatively little is known about biodiversity. With so much still to discover, as a museum intern we can grant you exclusive access to this invaluable resource. 

INTERN SPOTLIGHT: Leigh McMahon

Leigh first arrived at Para La Tierra to study burrow use of small mammals and reptiles in the Cerrado habitat. After a few days in the field she realised that fieldwork isn’t where her interests lie, and made the decision to work with lepidoptera, specifically butterflies, in the ‘Colección Científica Para La Tierra’ museum. Studying the vast collection amassed by PLT volunteers and interns over the years, Leigh identified, photographed and collated data on the species abundance, diversity, and distribution of butterflies at Laguna Blanca. This data is vital for the justification of its continued protection. With numerous new species for Paraguay recorded, and a publication now in press, Leigh hopes to attract more attention to the need for conservation of fragile and fragmented habitats in Paraguay.

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