Juan Ponce de León High School of Florida

Juan Ponce de León High School of Florida
Carretera 631, Km 0.5
Bo. Ceiba, Florida PR 00650
(18.358426, -66.567915)
Phone number: (787)822-2050
Fax number: (787)822-0171

Leading teacher: Elliot López-Machado, Science
E-mail address: lopezelliotm@yahoo.com
Collaborating teacher: Rose Trinidad, Business Administration
E-mail address: trinidadr6@yahoo.com

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Project Description

In 1999, a science teacher of the Juan Ponce de Leon High School in Florida-Puerto Rico, Elliot Lopez, and some students, establish a research area in a secondary forest localized in the kart zone in the municipality of Florida, with the assistance of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry. This zone has a high diversity of species. The research area (2000 m²), denominated Mogote Cuba, provides an idyllic area to develop special studies since it is the habitat of some species that are not common in other places like Coccoloba pubescens. Other trees species present are Dendropanax arboreus, Alchornea latifolia, Persea americana, Ceiba pentandra , Adira inermis, Calophyllum calaba, Zanthoxylum martinicense, Nectandra coriacea,Guarea trichiloides, Trichillia pallida and Pimenta racemosa. The Puertorrican giant green lizard (Anolis cuvieri) is one of the reptiles present in that forest.

Data Collected

1. Temperature (°C) and Rainfall (mm) of the Juan Ponce de Leon School location: located at Juan Ponce de León School and registered with Temperature Termometers from 2001-02-07 to 2005-02-07 - Contact: Elliot López (long term)

2. Tree growth (leaves, wood, dbh, height, species-scentific name; common name-, clasification, control number -tag number-, registration date) by transect at the Mogote Cuba plots: located at Mogote Cuba and registered with several from 1999 to current- Contact: Elliot López (long term)

3. Moralon species seedlings by transect at the Mogote Cuba plots: located at the Mogote Cuba and registered with from 1999 to current- Contact: Elliot López (long term)

4.Cave environment (temperature, humidity, macro-arthropods): located at Chimborazo forest, Florida PR on March 2010.

5. Terrestrial macro-arthropods inventory by transect using pitfall traps at the Mogote Cuba plots: located at Mogote Cuba and registered on 2011

Most significant result from the forest data