Trip to Panama | July, 2016

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1. Bruce MacFadden GABIRET PI, FLMNH/Vertebrate Paleontology Curator and Distinguished Professor
2. Claudia Grant GABIRET Coordinator, FLMNH/PhD Student Curriculum and Instruction
3. Victor Perez FLMNH/ PhD Student UF Geology
4. Sean Moran FLMNH/ PhD Student UF Biology
5. Rebecca Mussetter DelaViega Elementary School
6. Amanda Waite UF/Post Doc Geology
7. Gary Morgan NMMNH/ Museum Vertebrate Paleontology Curator
8. Paul Koch UCSC/Dean, Physical & Biological Sciences, Professor
9. Michelle Barboza PCP PIRE former intern/Geology Student
10. Isaac Magallanes PCP PIRE former intern/Geology Student
11. Ian Cannon FLMNH/Vert Paleo Collections Assistant
12. Jill Madden PVUSD/ Teacher Coach/GABIRET16 Teacher Leader
13. Adam Wade Curriculum & Instruction, Santa Cruz COE
14. Charity Maramonte SCCS/Mission Hill Middle School
15. Kirsten Maklan PVUSD/Alianza Charter School
16. Kathryn Kriscunas PVUSD/Aptos High School
17. Gretchen Miller PVUSD/Aptos High School
18. Becky Ohsiek PGUSD/Pacific Grove Middle School
19. Heather Murphy SCCS/Tosa NGSS Coach
20. Molly Deich Soquel Union/New Brighton Middle School
21. Annie Harris SCCS/Branciforte Middle School
22. Stephanie Killingsworth Palm Beach County/Conniston Middle
23. Julie Hughes Tampa/Academy of the Holy Names
24. Jennifer Sunderman (Broo) St. Ursula Academy Cincinnati, Ohio
25. Jeanette Pirlo UCSC Undergraduate Marine Biology Student

Orientation in Santa Cruz, CA
April 29 – May 1, 2016

Thursday 4/28

People from FL travel to Santa Cruz, CA

Staying at:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz – Capitola

1255 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010


Field work Capitola Beach: LOW TIDE at 11:00 a.m. Meeting time: 10:30 am until 12:30.

We are meeting at a small shaded area near the public restroom at Capitola Beach.
It is between the Britannia Arms bar and the beach itself.
ARTICLE: Fossil Invertebrates and Geology of the Marine Cliffs at Capitola, CA

Friday 4/29

Santa Cruz County of Education

400 Encinal. Santa Cruz, CA


8:30-9:00: Coffee and Greetings (wake up time!)

9:00-9:30: GABI Introductions and Science Component (Dr. Bruce MacFadden).
Download Power Point.

9:30-10:00: Coffee with Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s Superintendent Watkins.

10:00-11:00: Panama agenda, logistics,, field introduction, specimens, tools, etc… (Claudia Grant)
Download Powerpoint

11:00-11:30: Time for questions

11:30-12:00: Sharks from Lago Bayano, Florida and California (Victor Perez).
Download Power Point.

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-1:30: Exploring the Link between Panama, Our Oceans, and Climate (Dr. Amanda Waite)

1:30-2:00: Panama translated to the classroom with NGSS (Jill Madden)

2:00-2:30: RET  and Education Component (Dr. Bruce MacFadden).
Download Power Point.

2:30-3:00: Wrap up and final thoughts or questions.


Saturday 4/30

Field work Capitola Beach: LOW TIDE at Noon. Meeting time: 11:00 am.

We are meeting at a small shaded area near the public restroom at Capitola Beach.
It is between the Britannia Arms bar and the beach itself.

ARTICLE: Fossil Invertebrates and Geology of the Marine Cliffs at Capitola, CA

If you are attending the 2016 Spring Science Conference: Monterey Bay Science Project &  Monterey Bay Area Math Project, please plan to go to Capitola on Thursday.



Trip to Panama
July 11 – July 22, 2016

*Teachers will do field work with scientists, brainstorm on lessons and discuss scientific articles about GABI, NGSS, and STEM education (on a daily basis).
**This is a tentative agenda and it is subject to change
***July 11 and July 22 are travel days. Total days in Panama: 10

Recommended Items to Bring and Tips

-You must have health insurance and we highly recommend travel insurance as well. Check with your health insurance provider for coverage in Panama. If they don’t cover you, you need to get additional health. We have had good experience with, but you are free to chose any provider of your preference.

-Download the app WhatsApp, for group communications while in WI-FI range. You need to download while in the U.S. to retrieve an activation code.
-Do not print this page because it is subject to change. Instead, add to your phone home screen as an “app” icon. To do so, open the page on your phone browser, click on “add to home screen.”
-Lots of Sunblock
-Field or hiking boots
-Hand sanitizer
-Mosquito Repellent (The Best Insect Repellents Against Zika-virus Carrying Mosquitos)
-Water bottle to refill (insulated is better to keep your water cold)
-Rain poncho
-Zip lock bags to protect cell phones, camera, passport, etc… from the rain.
-Granola or Cereal bars, trail mix, protein bars, etc…
-Field Tools: hammer, paint brush, flat screw driver, gardening gloves, kneeling pads
-Cash in small bills ($1, $5, $10 – to divide up the check during the evening dinners. In Panama, restaurants DO NOT split checks as easily as in the U.S. There is also an ATM near the hotel in case you need extra cash. The exchange rate is US$1= Balboa$1)
-A basic buffet breakfast is included. We usually meet for breakfast and discuss the plan for the day.
-We will pack for lunches everyday. There is a convenience store across the street from the hotel where items such as sandwiches, fruit, snacks and drinks can be purchased.
-On a daily basis we: have a pool-side chat to de-brief the day, discuss a scientific paper, and meet at a restaurant for dinner.

Day 1: Monday/Lunes |  7/11

Blogger: Jill Madden (Teacher Leader)

NGSS Blogger: Heather Murphy

Travel to Panama
Airport pick up provided by Daniel Carrara.

Check in at the Country Inn El Dorado
Avenue Miguel Brostelle
Boulevard Dorado
Panama City  8001  Panama
LAT: 9.005788 LONG: -79.53913

Lunch or dinner on your own. Let us know when you get here so we can help you with restaurant info.

Day 2: Tuesday/Martes | 7/12

Blogger: Adam Wade

Breakfast Hours
Mon-Fri, 6:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Sat-Sun, 7:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

9:00 AM STRI Registration (Please be ready at the lobby no later than 8:50)
10:00-12:00 AM CTPA Conference room for:

  • Introductions
  • Overview trip goals (Bruce)
  • Go over entire schedule (Claudia)
  • Talk with teacher leader, Jill Madden
  • Assemble individual collecting kits, bring your tools (Ian, Victor)
  • Discussion about geology and fossils of Lake Alajuela—readings led by Molly Deich
    ARTICLE 1: Gomphothere proboscidean (Gomphotherium) from the late Neogene of Panama.
    ARTICLE 2: Integrated chronology, flora and faunas, and paleoecology of the Alajuela Formation, late Miocene of Panama (In press, to be emailed)

2:00 PM CTPA Orientation
FREE TIME: if we have free time, we recommend STRI cafeteria and bookstore.
4:00 PM Tupper Talk: The Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI) and dispersal of the horse Equus into South America by Bruce MacFadden
6:00 PM Welcome Dinner with Jorge Moreno and PCP PIRE interns (Paris Morgan & Dipa Desai)
El Trapiche, Vía Argentina, Panamá.

Day 3: Wednesday/Miercoles |  7/13

Blogger: Jeanette Pirlo

8:00 AM Fieldwork, Lago Alajuela
4:00 PM CTPA Paleo -Talk : Late Miocene rodents and sharks from Lago Bayano, Panama Province. By Gary Morgan and Victor Perez.
5:30 Poolside chat.
ARTICLES: Battle for the Americas and Middle Miocene closure of the Central American Seaway.
6:30 Dinner

Day 4: Thursday/Jueves |  7/14

Blogger: Charity Maramonte

7:30 AM All day (Until 4pm): Field work at Lago Bayano
Water levels: 6959-6833/6744-5300

6:00 PM Pool-side chat.
ARTICLE 1, BLOG Version: Paleobiology of the Killer Cone Snails
ARTICLE 1, FULL Version: Glowing Seashells: Diversity of Fossilized Coloration Patterns on Coral Reef-Associated Cone Snail (Gastropoda: Conidae) Shells from the Neogene of the Dominican Republic
ARTICLE 2: Ancient Nursery Area for the Extinct Giant Shark Megalodon from the Miocene of Panama

7:00 PM Dinner

Day 5: Friday/Viernes |  7/15

Blogger: Kristen Maklan

8 AM Field work, Gatun Formation
1 PM Corazal Lab to screen wash Gatun shells
5:30 PM Poolside chat.
ARTICLE: Quaternary glaciation and the Great American Biotic Interchange.
6:30 PM Dinner

Day 6: Saturday/Sabado |  7/16

Blogger: Kathryn Kriscunas

*This is an optional activity and all admission fees and transportation are provided by the project.

8 AM Canopy Crane
12 PM Miraflores Locks
3 PM Punta Culebra
5 PM Ancon
6 PM Casco Viejo

Day 7: Sunday/Domingo | 7/17

Blogger: Julie Hughs

12:30 PM BioMuseo for lesson development
5:00 Walk over to the Yacht Club
5:30 Dinner at the Yacht Club
7:30 Back to the hotel

ARTICLE: Sigmodontine rodents diversified in South America prior to the complete rise
of the Panamanian Isthmus

Day 8: Monday/Lunes |  7/18

Blogger: Molly Deich

8 AM Field work (until 4pm), Lago Bayano
6:00 PM Pool-side chat.
ARTICLE: Paleobiogeografía del arribo de mamíferos suramericanos al sur de América Central de previo al Gran Intercambio Biótico Americano: un vistazo al GABI en América Central.

7:00 PM Dinner

Day 9: Tuesday/Martes |  7/19

Blogger: Annie Harris

8:00 AM Field work, Lago Alajuela
4:00 PM Tupper Seminar: Which animals did the pre-Spanish Native American villagers of central Panama represent on their art, and why? By Dr. Richard Cooke
6:00 Back to the hotel
7:00 Dinner
ARTICLE (Optional, no discussion): The Great American Biotic Interchange: Dispersals, Tectonics, Climate, Sea Level and Holding Pens.

Day 10: Wednesday/Miercoles |  7/20

Blogger: Becky Ohsiek

8:00 AM Fieldwork, Lago Alajuela
3:00 PM ARTICLE (at the STRI Caffeteria): Using Fossil Teeth to Study the
Evolution of Horses in Response to a Changing Climate
4:00 PM CTPA Paleotalk: TBA
6:00 PM Poolside chat.
7:30 PM Dinner

Day 11: Thursday/Jueves |  7/21

Alajuela Blogger: Gretchen Miller
NAOS Blogger: Stephanie Killingsworth

8:00 AM Fieldwork, Lago Alajuela
2:00 PM: NAOS Island Laboratory
4:30 PM Walk over to Mi Ranchito
5:00 PM Good bye Dinner at Mi Ranchito
Amador Causeway, Av Punta Culebra, Panama City, Panama

Day 12: Friday/Viernes |  7/22

Blogger: Jennifer Sunderman

All participants return to the U.S.


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