Durante la Salida de Campo a la península de Azuero, Panamá, contaremos con la presencia de pasantes del Proyecto PCP-PIRE. Este proyecto tiene como finalidad dar la oportunidad a estudiantes estadounidenses de realizar una pasantía en el Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones Tropicales de Panamá, en la cual realizar tareas de colección de fósiles y geología en el área de excavación-ampliación del Canal de Panamá.

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Interns from the PCP-PIRE proyect will take part during the Field Trip to the Azuero Peninsula, Panama. This project aims to give U.S students the opportunity to do an internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panamá, while conducting field work and research on the Panama Canal excavations.

The mission of the PCP PIRE is to advance knowledge of the extinct faunas and floras of the ancient Neotropics based on the new fossil discoveries along the Canal.

Check out the PCP-PIRE web page


PIRE Participants

Austin Hendy

Austin Hendy (postdoc)

Research interests: Biogeography and paleoecology of Cenozoic marine invertebrate fossils (particularly molluscs) from the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.
Others: Hendy has travelled throughout the southern Caribbean and central America studying fossil faunas. His research is often applied to integrative or multidisciplinary studies of geology, tectonics, or paleoceanography.  He is also developing online and print educational resources about the Fossils of Panama, which can be found at http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/panama-pire/fossils-of-panama/



Aldo Rincon (grad student)

Research Interest: Vertebrate Paleontology



Jorge Moreno Bernal (intern supervisor)

Research interests: Systematics and biogeography of Cenozoic crocodilians from the Neotropics. I´m also interested in the relationship between body size of reptiles and environmental factors (e. g. climate).

Others: I like to read about different topics, to draw animals and landscapes, and I also collect and prepare skulls and skeletons of different animals. I write (not as frequently as I would like to) in my personal blog in spanish: El pantano del Purussaurus (ThePurussaurus swamp).



Michelle Barboza (intern) –

Research interests: Using paleobiology and paleogeography to answer questions about the biodiversity and evolution of both organisms and landscapes.

Others: Michelle is interested in exploration and travel. When not caught up in a book, she can be found hiking, writing, or playing music.




Robyn Henderek (intern) – Senior of Geology and Anthropology at Lafayette College

Research interests: Sedimentology and Evolutionary changes with respect to increasing global climate variability within the Plio-Pleistocene. 

Others: Wors as a research assistant at Rutgers University with Dr. Craig Feibel on analyzing the stratigraphy of a large continental core taken in West Turkana, Kenya last summer.




Wesley von Dassow (intern) – B.Sc. Lafayette College in Pennsylvania

Research interests: Structural Geology, Tectonics, Geomorphology, and Biogeography

Others: Ultimate, hiking, cooking, and traveling.



Evan Whiting

Evan Whiting (intern) – B.S. Zoology (Geology Minor) at University of Florida

Research interests: Vertebrate Paleontology, Ornithology and Herpetology.

Others: Hockey, Racquetball, Hiking and Birdwatching.




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