New Field Course

summer 2021: Genomics in the Jungle III - Herpetofauna of the Amazon

Our third Genomics in the Jungle field course combines training in molecular research techniques with a real-time survey of Amazonian herpetofauna (tropical amphibians and snakes). We are holding it at the Los Amigos Conservation Hub, which sits at the edge of a 300,000 hectare conservation concession of intact lowland tropical rainforest. Participants will assist experienced herpetologists conducting a methodical, rapid inventory of frogs and reptiles, then use the field station’s in situ genetics laboratory to carry out full pipeline DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing, and species identification with experienced molecular biologists.

This program is open until April 15th

Deploy species-specific GPS trackers, remote-sensing dataloggers, smart traps and hair snares. Extend the range of communication back to the field station and beyond using a LoRa network.

This program is full for 2021

Help conduct large-scale biodiversity screening of mammals in SE Peru using applied genomics and other tools. Implement eDNA monitoring protocols and identify species through morphology and DNA barcoding.

This program is full for 2021

Join our annual capture-release program that began in 2009. Collect data on body condition, disease, and growth, as well as population level data on births, disappearances, and dispersals for 14 groups of tamarins. 

This program is full for 2021

Collect samples from a variety of wildlife species to screen for parasites, pathogens, and contaminants. Participants will use microscopy, genetic tools (from PCR to nanopore sequencing), and other methodologies.

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and conservation of tropical ecosystems

Conduct wildlife research and provide field training in tropical biology and conservation genomics

Support our research efforts and scholarship funds with financial contributions and in-kind donations. 


COVID-19 has dramatically altered most of our lives, introducing uncertainty into our futures and challenging our ability to continue to do conservation on the ground. We’re in this together, and we appreciate your patience as we adapt to these fluid and challenging times.

The FPI Field Team