Tropical Science Research
Our research programs focus on the primates at the Los Amigos field site, and we approach this research from a variety of perspectives. All projects contribute to the training courses that we offer, and serve as a platform for learning for our long-term trainees.Our Research Programs
Education is our most powerful tool. We bring students and young professionals to the the world’s most precious forests to gain hands-on training and in-depth experience studying diverse communities of flora and fauna. Upon completion of our programs students have confidence and know-how to engage in active research and conservation elsewhere. Our work does not end when a participant departs from our field programs, we offer support and assistance toward realizing future education/career options and research interests. Today we bring upwards of 50 students to our sites each year.Our Field Courses
While we do not focus on applied conservation efforts directly at our sites, we partner with private organizations involved in habitat conservation outside of national park service areas. Numerous studies have confirmed that government protected forests will never contain all the flora and fauna present in biodiversity hotspots. A large responsibility falls on the shoulders of private citizens and organizations to create forest corridors and refuges for plants and animals that fall outside national parks (or have spatial needs that are larger than a single park). Our field courses and research programs target these sites. We bring upwards of 50 students to each site annually, which contributes heavily to making each site economically viable. We also conduct diversity studies, and these data are provided to station administrators and local authorities to help justify further conservation work.Our Field Sites
PrimatesPeru is Founded
Two hungry primates decide to research tamarin development and reproductive behaviors.
First Field Season
Others join in! We now have 8 research assistants (RA) and 2 principal investigators (PI). We monitor 6 groups in 10 months!
We collaborate with Dr. Jennifer Rehg from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. We’ve grown to 7 RAs, 3 PIs, 2 species in the study, and 11 groups monitored.
We conduct a 4-month long season including parasitology research on the tamarins for the first time.
Our biggest field season to date, monitoring 74 tamarins, one emperor tamarin group of which is now famous for being included on the BBC’s Monkey Planet
Our largest research team to date joins us in Peru to monitor 13 groups over 4 months, bracketed by field courses on tropical biology and primatology
Field Projects International
We launch FPI, an off-shoot of PrimatesPeru as we consider fresh expansions into a second country – India!
Our research team grows to include 4 projects, 21 research assistants, 3 project managers, and 4 PIs. Phew!
Field Projects International
Our admin-team grows by 1 to include a Media and Outreach Specialist (who loves monkeys!)
India – here we come!
We confirm the launch of our new field site, Fringe Ford in Kerala, India