Research Assistantships Summer 2020 (Peru)
FPI has announced our summer 2020 research assistantship training programs. They will be taking place May through September, 2020, at the Los Amigos Biological Station in Peru, and are open to graduates, undergraduates, and others seeking field experience. Registrations close in April (or once programs are full) and peer fundraising is provided to offset costs. Click on any of the images or headings below for links to the full details for each program.
This training program targets students with interest in wildlife handling, zoology, or veterinary science. Students will participate in annual capture and release programs focused on nonhuman primates, bats, and birds in southeastern Peru. Participants will work alongside several wildlife biologists and veterinarians obtaining opportunities to handle a variety of mammalian and avian species, gaining valuable knowledge of their biology, learning to record morphometrics, collecting and processing a variety of samples, and becoming competent in several roles that are vital to a successful health screening program. Our work in this project is sanctioned by the Amazon Conservation Association, the Animal Care Committee of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and the Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (SERFOR) in Perú.
Minimum commitment: 4 weeks | Start: On or after May 31st
Training areas: Animal mark-recapture and handling, health assessments, vital signs monitoring, morphological measurement, sample collection and storage
Our behavioral ecology program collects detailed information on space use, feeding ecology, and social behavior by two species of tamarin in an effort to understand the natural history of these unique primates. This year, in addition to deploying our noninvasive NatureChip dataloggers, we’re adding another dimension to our research: GPS micro-collars. Because the animals are so small, commercially-available GPS collars don’t fit them, so we’ve had to design our own devices. This will be our first season of data collection using the new design, so students will be involved in a first-of-its kind scientific study of movement ecology in tamarins.
Program dates: May 31 – August 1, 2020
Minimum commitment: 6 weeks | Start: On or after May 31st
Training areas: Off-trail navigation, wildlife tracking, telemetry, behavioral sampling, spatial analysis, GPS collar design, microchip field trackers
In tamarins and other callitrichine primates, females exhibit extreme differences in reproductive success. In fact, even though multiple females may live in the same group, only one will usually reproduce from year to year. The others are suppressed in some way, but we don’t completely understand how or why. To help answer these questions, research assistants will gather individual behavioral and hormonal data from tamarin groups, including full-day follows to record interactions between individuals and fecal sample collection for hormone analyses. Participants will learn how to operate telemetry equipment, collect and manage behavioral data, and perform hormone extractions at the site.
Program dates: May 31 – September 26, 2020
Minimum commitment: 6 weeks | Start: On or after May 17th
Training areas: Behavioral data collection using scan- and focal-sampling, non-invasive hormone sample collection, field hormone extractions, radio telemetry, off-trail navigation, primate reproductive biology