On June 8th I will be departing from El Paso for the final expedition associated with my current grant from NSF (http://eligreenbaum.iss.utep.edu/service.htm). Please check back after that date to follow the expedition as it is happening in real time. UTEP students will be participating in the cybertaxonomy aspect of the project, which will challenge them to identify amphibians and reptiles based on photographs, locality and limited morphometric data that I post from the field.
The first two weeks of the expedition will occur in Uganda, where expedition nurse (Wendy Rivera) and I will rendezvous with UTEP Ph.D. student Danny Hughes and Ugandan professor Mathias Behangana in Kampala on June 9th. From there, I will travel alone into DR Congo, where I will meet the same team I used last summer (minus our problematic driver) and fly from Goma to Kindu, where we hope to work in the virtually unexplored area known as the TL2 Conservation Landscape. For an excellent introduction to the conservation importance of this area, see the website by Terese and John Hart (bonoboincongo.com). My Congolese team is working there right now, and I hope to use the preliminary contacts they are making to smooth logistics challenges on the road west of Kindu, which is destroyed and impassable except by motorcycle. Below is a photo of the TL2 area.