Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is excited to host Drs. Howard Topoff and Carol Simon â€" both formerly professors at the City University of New York and Research Associates at the American Museum of Natural History - during the first week of March. These two research scientists and study leaders of natural history will offer daily multimedia presentations focusing on the Natural History of Costa Rica â€" including the following topics: Introduction to Rain Forest Animals & PlantsSocial Behavior of Monkeys of Central and South AmericaSocial Insects of the WorldThe Evolution of Animal ColorationPoisonous Reptiles and Amphibians of the Rain ForestThe Evolution of Animal CommunicationCourtship and Mating Strategies of Animals Howard Topoff has spent 40+ years researching the social behavior of animals. His field research has been conducted in Central and South America, Africa, and in the deserts and mountains of Arizona. In addition to his publications in scientific journals, his more popular articles have appeared in magazines such as Scientific American and Natural History. His research has been featured on National Geographic Television, and Scientific American Frontiers. Carol Simon is broadly trained in ecology, behavior and evolution. Her research on the social behavior of reptiles has taken her to many areas of North and Central America. Her current field research on reptile behavior is based in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona.