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Our fourth Genomics in the Jungle field course is focused on biodiversity monitoring in the Amazon using environmental DNA (eDNA) and trace DNA samples in order to identify species present at our field site in Southeastern Peru. We’ll sample from pug marks and oxbow lakes, as well as analyze the blood meals from arthropod vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks. Participants will learn a wide range of molecular research techniques at a modern in situ laboratory located at the edge of a 300,000 hectare conservation concession of intact lowland tropical rainforest. Skills to be taught include full pipeline DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing, and species identification with personalized instruction from experienced molecular biologists. 

Our flagship long-term field research training program returns! Enrollment is currently open for limited spots in four specialty tracks⁣:

1.) Primate Monitoring
2.) Biodiversity and Wildlife Health
3.) Animal Movement and Spatial Ecology
4.) Conservation Genetics

Participants will work alongside experienced researchers and veterinary scientists to gain valuable field experience in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots in the Peruvian Amazon. This program is for aspiring biologists, anthropologists, veterinarians and others interested in biodiversity conservation, genomics, field research, and the One Health approach. Students will assist with data collection for active research projects, with the possibility of continued involvement beyond the program’s end.

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