Glasgow’s Trinidad and Tobago Biodiversity Connection

J.R. Downie

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The University of Glasgow’s biodiversity connection with Trinidad and Tobago began with Roger Downie’s research visit in 1982 to work on amphibians under the guidance of Julian Kenny. This paper reviews the fruits of this connection over nearly 30 years and is dedicated to Julian Kenny’s memory. Much of Glasgow’s work in Trinidad and Tobago has involved teams of staff and students spending two to three months of a year in the Caribbean on “expeditions” studying aspects of biodiversity. Amphibians and marine turtles have been the main focus, but many other groups have been studied too. Major outputs have been four Ph.D. theses and well over 70 research papers in international journals.


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