Because the Jama-Coaque Reserve is located at the transition point of coastal dry forest and moist forest (i.e. Chocó) and within one of the most deforested and fragmented landscapes in South America, climatic and micro-climatic conditions play a critical role in influencing the presence and abundance of species across the landscape. Differences in elevation, forest type, forest cover, and landscape use all affect micro-climatic conditions such as temperature and humidity. These variables also continually change as the landscape changes at the hands of human activity and/ or natural regeneration. For this reason, the monitoring of micro-climatic conditions over time and across forest types and land-use categories is a useful way to study and predict patterns of biodiversity.