Tropical forest time! Three members of the Van Bael lab, Peter, Courtney and Keiana have just begun their summer field work on Barro Colorado Island. They were caught here on camera along with two members of the Arnold lab at the University of Arizona, Anyang and Jasmin. Together the group is starting our new NSF funded project; “Collaborative Research: Extending leaf functional trait ecology to leaf symbionts” May 2016-2019. Peter Tellez is leading our first group of REU participants on BCI, and next summer Liz Kimbrough will extend the work in Gamboa with more REU and RET participants.