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Guest Speaker Medina-Flores Talks Frogs, Fishes, and Caves

Using a seine net, Medina-Flores samples freshwater fishes in a remote river in HondurasHonduran biologist Melissa Medina-Flores spoke about her field and laboratory research in front of over 60 faculty members and students on October 24, 2012.

Right: Using a seine net, Medina-Flores samples freshwater fishes in a remote river in Honduras

During her recent seminar to the Department of Biology, Medina-Flores highlighted her work with the endemic amphibians, reptiles, and fishes in her native Honduras, including details of her discoveries of new species in all three groups. She also detailed her exploration and mapping of newly discovered caves in Honduras, while highlighting the need for future research in all of her areas of interest.

Medina-Flores (in yellow) and a team admire a waterfall inside a newly-discovered cave in eastern HondurasLeft: Medina-Flores (in yellow) and a team admire a waterfall inside a newly-discovered cave in eastern Honduras.

Her seminar and visit to IUP were sponsored by the Department of Biology and faculty member Josiah Townsend. Medina-Flores plans to join the IUP Biology Graduate Program next year.

Medina-Flores prepares genetic samples from a frog in a Honduran rainforest.

Above: Medina-Flores prepares genetic samples from a frog in a Honduran rainforest.

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