Preferencia de hábitat y conservación de Atelopus glyphus, en Pirre, Panamá.

Michelle Quiroz, a student from the UNACHI, has got a grant to develop a research project with the endemic Harlequin frog, Atelopus glyphus. She is studying the habitat preference of this species and working with the community of Pijibasal in a educational and conservation plan. A. Batista is advising her study, the ground for Michelle's bachelor thesis.


Amphibian and reptile monitoring project at the Darién National Park (DNP).

A. batista is in charge of the 2015's monitoring project at DNP, held by GEMAS and Fondo Darién. The aim of this project is to evaluate the status of the herpetofauna in the Pirre area. Abel and his team, Marcos Ponce and Madian Miranda have monitored the area through eight transects at different forest type and elevations.

Barcoding for the Evaluation of diversity of amphibians and reptiles of Panama.

We are developing various projects, applying integrative taxonomy, combining methods that allow us to obtain adequate data for analyzing the diversity of amphibians and reptiles in a given region. Combining bioacoustics, traditional taxonomy, biogeography and ecology to establish relationships between different organisms.

Amphibians and reptiles of eastern Panama

We are assessing the condition and diversity of herps in eastern Panama. Today we have description of various species and we are doing a biogeographical analysis of different groups of herps in the region, as well as trying to explain the origin of species distribution in different mountain ranges.

Biodiversity of the herpetofauna of Panama

A long-term project initiated in 2006 that aims to understand the diversity of amphibians and reptiles of Panama. This comprised Abel Batista, Marcos Ponce, Andreas Hertz, Gunther Köhler and Sebastian Lotzkat, supported the institute Senckenberg Museum and the museo Herpetológico de Chiriquí. 

Acoustic communities: relationships of Ensembles in Terraranas

We are studying the effect of body size on structuring anuran assemblages (mainly terraranas), we focus on investigating: 


  • If an assembly of frogs species differing in size by random effects or might be some factor influencing the distribution of body sizes.
  • And we evaluated whether diet or the song is related to the distribution in body sizes.

Exploring the canopy of the cloud forest

We have recently initiated studies in the forest canopy, looking for species that are difficult to observe from the ground. Our studies are concentrated on the cloud forest of the eastern and western Panama.

Evaluation of the population status of Oophaga arborea

We are in the planning stages of this project. We want to evaluate the status of populations the arboreal poison frog (Oophaga arborea), then implement conservation strategies to ensure the survival of this species in the long term.