When I was last in Jalisco, in 1998, we were looking mostly for Habronattus. It was quite a group — Tila Perez and her students Jose Luis Castelo and Fernando Alvarez, and myself and my postdoc Marshal Hedin and student Gita Bodner. The trip was a wonderful success, and laid the groundwork for much of our research on Habronattus. We visited many memorable sites, but the one place dearest to my heart was the biological field station Chamela, on the Pacific coast about 100 km southeast of Puerto Vallarta. It’s in a seasonal tropical forest of short trees that lose many of their leaves in the dry season. We were warmly greeted and supported by the station director Ricardo Ayala and by the infrastructure provided. And we found some very cool spiders.
And so it was with great anticipation that I drove with Heather up the hill to the station a few days ago. Under the directorship of Jorge Vega, the station has continued its development. The well-equipped facility is vibrant: amazing biodiversity and interesting researchers. And the food is great! This morning we climbed the tower to take a panorama photo. We’re looking forward to our few weeks here.