Boa Meeting 2013

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Meeting Program (pdf)

Hosts: Alberto R. Puente-Rolón and R. Graham Reynolds

Program: (as of July 5)

Friday, August 2
0900: Introduction and Welcome: Alberto Puente-Rolón and Graham Reynolds
0920: Session I

A Trip Through the Boa Tree-of-Life
R. Graham Reynolds, University of Massachusetts Boston

Morphology, Sexual Size Dimorphism, and Growth in a Population of Dwarf Boa constrictor on Cayos Cochinos, Honduras
Chad Montgomery, Truman State University

Use of Habitat Occupancy Models to Direct Conservation Efforts for the Virgin Islands Tree Boa
Renata Platenberg, University of the Virgin Islands

Biology and Management of Yellow Anacondas in Argentina
Tomás Waller, Fundación Biodiversidad – Argentina

1100: break

Spatial Ecology of Resident and Translocated Boas on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
David Holtzman, SUNY Geneseo

Ecology and Conservation of the Puerto Rican Boa
Alberto R. Puente-Rolón, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Arecibo

Spatial Ecology of Jamaican boas (Epicrates subflavus) in Cockpit Country, Jamaica: Finding “di gyals dem”
Susan E. Koenig, Windsor Research Centre

1200: Lunch
1340: Session II

Genetic Differentiation in the Mona and Virgin Islands Boas, Epicrates monensis
Javier A. Rodriguez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Phylogeographic Patterns of Vertebrate Fauna (Including Boas) in Southern Mexico and Central America
Ella Vázquez-Domínguez, Instituto de Ecología, UNAM, México

Boa constrictor imperator populations from Mexico and Central America: phylogeographic structure based on nuclear and mitochondrial markers
Marco Suárez-Atilano, Instituto de Ecología, UNAM, México

Niche Divergence in Boa constrictor: a conservation approach
Paula Rivera, Institute of Animal Diversity and Ecology (IDEA) CONICET-UNC

1530: Poster Session
Diet of Dwarf Boa constrictor on Cayos Cochinos, Honduras  Chad Montgomery, Truman State University
Genetics of Boa Constrictors in Puerto Rico  R. Graham Reynolds, University of Massachusetts Boston
Determining the Suitability of the Jamaican Boa for Translocation   Brent Newman, Texas A&M Kingsville
The North American Brown Tree Snake Control Team   Brent Newman, Texas A&M Kingsville
Genetic Evidence of a Successfully Established Introduced Species: Boa constrictor on Cozumel Island     Marco Suárez-Atilano, Instituto de Ecología, UNAM, México
Jamaican Boa (Epicrates subflavus) and Jamaican Crow (Corvus jamaicensis) Interactions- Rick Schaefer,   USDA Southern Research Station
The IUCN/SSC Boa & Python Specialist Group: overview and challenges  Tomás Waller, Fundación Biodiversidad – Argentina
Climbing Behavior of the Jamaican Boa (Epicrates subflavus Josh Pierce, USDA Southern Research Station
Historical Reports and sightings of the endangered Puerto Rican Boa (Chilabothrus inornatus) in a Military Base, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico  Eneilis Mulero Oliveras, University of Puerto Rico/University of Illinois

1800: Dinner

Saturday, August 3

0900: Session III

Reproductive Biology of the Cuban Boa, Epicrates angulifer, in the Cuzco Hills Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Peter J. Tolson, The Toledo Zoo

Conservation Genetics of Puerto Rican Boas      
R. Graham Reynolds, University of Massachusetts Boston

Burmese Pythons in Florida: Biology, Impacts, and Lessons for the Ecology of Boid Snakes
Robert N. Reed, USGS Ft. Collins

1000: break

Conservation Biology of Boas in Argentina: The Application of Basic Research
Paula Rivera, Institute of Animal Diversity and Ecology (IDEA) CONICET-UNC

Ecology and Diet of Invasive Boa constrictor in Puerto Rico
Alberto R. Puente-Rolón, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Arecibo

1040-1200: Closure, Thanks, and Future Plans  Alberto Puente-Rolón and Graham Reynolds

1200: Lunch

1300: Special Symposium: Towards a Range-Wide Study of Boa constrictor: Genetics and Morphology
             Organizers: Chad Montgomery, Stesha Pasachnik, Graham Reynolds
1500: Field trip to Mata de Platano
Potential to see wild cave-feeding aggregation of Puerto Rican Boas
Returning to the hotel late at night (after midnight)

 Sunday, August 4

1200 to 2400: Optional and informal field trip to search for invasive Boa constrictor near Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Note– this is an all-day trip: if you wish to attend please let Graham or Alberto know, we will have to arrange transportation.

 

Meeting Information
Please email rgraham.reynolds@umb.edu if you have questions

Meeting Website: http://www.rgrahamreynolds.info/boa-meeting-2013/

Meeting Location:
Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Rencinto de Arecibo
Carretera #2, Km. 80.4 Barrio San Daniel
Sector Las Canelas, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Website: http://www.arecibo.inter.edu/portal/default.htm

Airport Information: Luis Muñoz Marín International (SJU)
Airport Transportation:
The hotel is about a 2 hour drive from SJU, depending on traffic.
-We will plan to provide 2 pick-ups from SJU on Thursday, August 1 for transportation to the hotel
Once you have registered we will ask for your arrival information
-You may rent a car on your own
-You may take a taxi to the hotel on your own

Accommodations:
Locations:

Hotel Rosa Del Mar
Marginal Calle Comercio, Hatillo, 00659, Puerto Rico
Website: http://www.hotelrosadelmar.com/
Phone: (787) 262-1515
A block of 10 rooms is available for $110/night plus 9%, breakfast included.
Rooms are under the following names: :  Interamerican University, or Alberto Puente, or Armando Herrera

Parador El Buen Cafe
381 Carretera, Barrio Carrizales, PR 00659, Puerto Rico
Website: http://www.elbuencafe.com/
Phone: (787) 898-1000
Rooms are $99/night plus 9%

Hotel Punta Maracayo
Calle Borincana, Hatillo 00659, Puerto Rico
Website: http://hotelpuntamaracayopr.com/
Phone: (787) 544-2000  (877) 887-0100

Information:
We will reserve a block of rooms but you will be responsible for booking the room.

Transportation:
-We will provide transportation to and from the Hotel and the University
-You are welcome to transport yourself if you rent a car
-We will provide transportation for the field trip
Food:
-We will provide coffee and snacks
-We will try to provide lunch, otherwise lunch will be in groups near campus.
-You are responsible for other meals, but we will try to go to dinner as a group
-Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions or allergies

Schedule:
Thursday, August 1                Arrival, Registration, and hotel check-in
Friday, August 2                  Morning and afternoon oral presentation sessions
Afternoon or Evening poster session
Saturday, August 3                Morning Presentation/Poster Session
Afternoon and Evening field trip (optional)
Sunday, August 4                  Departure or optional field trip

Field Trip:
Location: Mata de Platano Private Reserve
Website: http://facultad.bayamon.inter.edu/arodriguez/FieldStation/

We will observe a feeding aggregation of Puerto Rican Boas at the entrance to Cueva de las Culebrones.
Depending on the activity, we might also hike to look for boas in the nearby forest.