New Course: Vertebrate Field Biology
This is an introductory tropical biology course that explores vertebrate field biology by offering participants their choice of two out of three elective modules: primatology, herpetology, and ornithology. Within each module, experts from the corresponding field of study will lead daily activities that explore natural history, research methodologies, and ongoing conservation issues. Evenings will include lectures and discussions of scientific articles.
During the last phase of the course, participants learn tree climbing to access higher strata of forest and partake in excursions to a palm swamp, oxbow lake, mammal clay lick, and canopy tower. Grades and certificates of completion are based on participation, assignments, and short exams.
Examples of Activities:
- Forest navigation and orienteering on and off trail
- Maintaining field notebooks
- Deploying and monitoring motion-sensing camera traps
- Mist netting and bird censusing
- Primate follows and behavioral sampling
- Field identification and conservation strategies for reptiles and amphibians
- Operating radio telemetry equipment
- Safely ascending emergent trees
Location: This course will be held at the Los Amigos Biological Station, also known by its Spanish acronym EBLA (Estación Biológica Río Los Amigos). Situated between the Madre de Dios and Los Amigos Rivers on terra firme forest rising above the floodplain, this field station was established in 2000 and boasts incredible biodiversity that includes 11 primate species and 595 species of bird.
Course Dates: Dec. 27, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017
Registration: Course size is limited, spots are filled on a rolling basis until November 18th, 2016
Course Fee: $2000 (includes meals, lodging, and transportation from Puerto Maldonado to the field site and back)
- Mauricio Ugarte Lewis: Curator of the Ornithology Division in the Natural History Museum at the Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa in Peru
- Jen Stabile: Editor of the conservation section of Herpetological Review, President-elect of the International Herpetological Symposium
- Liz Maciag: Coordinating Science Lecturer at University Centre Peterborough and Peterborough Regional College
- Timothy D. Paine: AmphiBios