Meet the Summer 2016 Scholarship Winners | Field Projects International


Meet the Summer 2016 Scholarship Winners

Read about the winners of this summer’s scholarships to study
Tropical Biology and Primatology in the Peruvian Amazon:

Xiomy Pinchi

Winner: Chiky Scholarship


Xiomy Pinchi is from Pucallpa, Ucayali, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She became interested in biology at the age of 7 when she started collecting plants and assisting with science courses for children. Years later in her fourth year at university, she became fascinated with plants and fungi, realizing that she wanted to study both: especially how they live together in symbiosis. She believes that, as a biologist, she needs to learn more about other fields of study as well, because in some way all living beings are interrelated.

Andrew Herman

Winner: Tab Rasmussen Scholarship


Andrew graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology. His interests are in Wildlife Biology, Conservation Genetics, Animal Behavior, and Ecology. He is applying to graduate programs in the Fall and is using this opportunity to gain more field experience. Since High School he has worked with many  large animal agriculture programs running locally in Mesa, AZ where he grew up. He loves hiking, swimming, and reading. Andrew has led backpacking trips across most of the Southwest and loves travelling internationally as well.

Luz Ángela Carvajal

Winner: Marina Silva Scholarship

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Luz Ángela Carvajal is a Colombian psychologist and anthropologist, currently on the first year of her master’s degree in psychology in the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Learning about the evolutionary roots of human culture and cognition she fell in love with primatology and is currently working on a research project about cognition in a species of New World monkeys. She will immensely enjoy this fieldwork course and she hopes to apply this knowledge in the future doing research with great apes, with the purpose of crafting a better understanding of the complexity and value of the psychological and social processes in non-human primates.

Richard Gardner

Winner: Tab Rasmussen Scholarship


Richard is 32 years old and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.  He was awarded the degree of BSc with 2.1 honours in Biology and Psychology from Newcastle University in 2014, and in October 2016 he will commence postgraduate study of animal behaviour. He has used the two years between these courses to gain experience in public engagement, during which time he has given talks within museums and schools about evolution, natural history, ecology and conservation. Richard is particularly interested in behavioural ecology and culture in non-human animals. He enjoys being outdoors and wildlife photography.

Manjiri Maindarkar

Winner: Marina Silva Scholarship


Manjiri Maindarkar is a photographer and traveler based in Navi Mumbai, India. Her interest in wildlife and forests stems from her grandfather’s stories of living and working in the forests of central India during the mid 1900s. It also piqued her interest in conservation and she has been looking for opportunities to learn more about it. She participated in the FPI Winter 2016 course in Fringe Ford, India. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media and a Postgraduate Photography. She currently works as a freelance photographer and writer.

Saori Grillo Yara

Winner: Chiky Scholarship

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Saori Grillo Yara has a degree in biological sciences with a major in Botany, and is a research collaborator with the Ecology Department of the Natural History Museum in Lima – Nacional University of San Marcos (UNMSM). Currently, she is doing field work within the scope of environmental consulting and is developing her undergraduate thesis on floral biology, phenology, and the plant-animal relationships of two species of endemic cactus of Peruvian Hill in the Lachay Reserve.

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