Jaeson Clayborn

Adjunct Professor at Florida International University and Miami Dade College

 

Supplementary Materials: Published Manuscripts & Documents

 
 
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What happens in forests when nobody’s present? A sustainable method to document insect behaviors and interactions using video surveillance

Abbreviated Abstract

The federally endangered Schaus’ swallowtail butterfly inhabits protected subtropical dry forests in the northern Florida Keys. Video documentation presents an opportunity to corroborate anecdotal observations (predation events) with empirical evidence.

We documented wildlife activity after captive-bred Schaus’ swallowtail caterpillars were released in the field. Video footage revealed two cardinals captured three Schaus’ swallowtail caterpillars within the first eight hours of release.

A solar powered video surveillance system step-by-step guide with a material list and cost is presented in this paper. The video surveillance system can identify culprit species and quantify encounter rates between prey and predators remotely.


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The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence ... What I’m saying is, there are known knowns and known unknowns, but there’s also unknown unknowns ... things that we don’t know we don’t know.
— Gin Rummy (Boondocks)