Agouti Duties

So, Gamboa, home of Dinacon, is also home to these wonderful, adorable little rodents called agoutis – which bear some similarities to capybaras, but have been deemed infinitely superior for reasons I do not 100% understand. (Maybe because capybaras get all the press?)

I am here to document Dinacon but also am not very good at photos. Go figure.

Agoutis have pretty much become the mascot of Dinalab – Andy is always posting insta stories of their antics, the Dinatruck has an agouti decal, etc. – so of course they needed to have a pretty substantial presence here at Dinacon.

And they do – in the form of a series of Agouti-Do and Agouti-Don’t posters hung about the lab, reminding Dinasaurs of a few simple guidelines for being cool like an agouti (and not smug jerks like those capybaras).

Anyway, they are rad – great job, Andy! – so I thought I’d post a few of them:

So, to recap, just remember: At Dinacon or otherwise, it’s your duty to be cool like an agouti. Good luck out there!

P.S. This Dinalab poster doesn’t have anything to do with agoutis, but I still feel like it captures a lot of that Dinalab spirit.

José Alejandro Riascos Ramírez

I am an undergraduate biology student from Colombia and an illustrator by hobby. Although I am focused on learning more about birds and mammals, I always try to escape to draw my own version of reality and share it with others, because personally, I think that it is the best way to spread knowledge, ideas and emotions… and honestly, there are things that must be shared. 

Nate Walsh

[August 1 – August 15th]

Background in advertising and psychology. I currently live in Austin, Texas, USA, working at a tech-focused ad agency as a copywriter. I do not like writing about myself in third person . I am strongly in favor of Oxford commas.

Previously attended Andy’s hiking hackathon in Panama, back in 2015. Now, I’ll be helping document DiNaCon – definitely in the form of daily write-ups, but I’m also a big of instant photography, so hella Polaroids, too.

Pretty into karaoke, personality tests, theme parties, glitter, hula hooping, and tarot readings (and will have my cards on me, if you’re interested!) I will be mentally sorting you into your Hogwarts house, sorry. Trying to learn the guitar; so so so bad at it.

2007 Seattle-Area Pokémon Spelling Bee Champion, Age 21 and Up.

Jorge Medina Madrid

Jorge Medina Madrid, es un estudiante de 24 años que cursa el último año de la carrera de Biología Animal en la Universidad de Panamá. Mi interes está en el grupo de las Aves, especialmente las Aves Nocturnas.

Jorge Medina Madrid, is a 24-year-old student who is in the last year of his degree in Animal Biology at the University of Panama. My interest is in the group of Birds, especially the Night Birds. He’s an expert at taxidermy, and costume designer for one of the larger Carnival events in Panama!

Ananda Gabo

I am here as part of the documentation team for DiNaCon 2 (2019) to help archive some of the collaborative interpretations of the digital + natural world through the perspectives of creative technologists, scientists, and hackers.

When I’m not at DiNaCon, I am based in Toronto where I run a series of community biology workshops  in the basement of a mall in Chinatown and play in between the realms of food systems, culinary arts, biohacking, and crafting.

My dream is to run an experimental farm built on open source hardware + software that includes a biology lab and a greenhouse for experimental plant breeding.