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Winfried Peters speaks at Costa Rica’s largest university

During spring break Winfried Peters, associate professor of biology, presented his work on coastal ecology at the Centro de Investigacion en Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia (CIMAR) of the Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica’s largest university and main institution of higher education. The university is located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

His research focuses on the ecology of marine mollusks . In particular, he is studying predator-prey relationships among gastropods, food webs on sandy beaches, and the intriguing phenomeon of ‘autotomy’ in some of the snails (‘autotomy’ is the voluntary shedding of body parts, best known to laypeople from lizards that will shed their tail when attacked by a predator).