Biology professor Romi Burks took students Amber Cochran, Jonathan Miley and Amy Miller to Uruguay for six weeks in 2013-14 to gain experience conducting international research. The trip was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more about the trip here.
Members of the AMPLIFIED team meet their host scientists in Uruguay
Jonathan Miley (right) makes plans with Fabrizio Scarabino
Rio Plata - where the snails live
Taking genetics samples
Getting tanks for the project
Amber Cochran in the field with Uruguayan colleagues
Experiment with Uruguayan student Clementina Clavo
The field team
AMPLIFIED team gets ready and organized to collect snails
Jonathan and Dr. Burks processing samples in the car
Jonathan Miley and Amber Cochran with Fernanda along thebanks in Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, showing off a large clutch laid on a plant by Pomacea megastoma (which usually lays on rocks)
Jonathan Miley works with UR student Fernanda Eugui to packageup snails from a site
Daily life on the bus with Jules, Amy and Jonathan on the way tothe lab near the center of Montevideo
Bruna and Amber in the Maldonado laboratory with host scientist Mariana Meerhoff and Uruguay master’s degree student Clementina Clavo
Fabrizio Scarabino discusses the results of the collection trips in Uruguay to Southwestern students
Final AMPLIFIED program group meeting - complete with empanadas. All five US student participants but Uruguayan hosts
Amy Miller helpd pack up the shells to take back to Southwestern for measurements and photography. There was just not enough time in 6 weeks to make that happen.
Laying all the shells out to dry before packing
Last group AMPLIFIED picture at the house where we stayed as our hosts came to say good-bye. From left to right are Amy Miller, Jonathan Miley, Amber Cochran, Bruna Oliviera, Romi Burks, Cristhian Clavijo, Jules Leon and Fabrizio Scarabino.