Around the lab clearing

Only a small part of Barro Colorado Island has been cleared for laboratory and dormitory facilities. Here’s a short tour of the places we stay in – a small foothold against the living forest.

First, the island’s docks, where ferries and supplies come and go. The forest guards (guardabosques) who protect against poaching and other activities have a base here too.

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Next, the cable car that lifts supplies to the higher points of the lab clearing. We walk this staircase each day on the way to working in the forest.

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Our laboratory facilities, with equipment strewn about and a wayward guayaba hiding in the corner.

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Another view of the lab, as early morning sun streams in.

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And finally the view out our window – ships passing through the Canal in the early morning.

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