We offer short-term field courses at locations across the globe, and in-depth research training programs in the Peruvian Amazon, typically between May and August.
Our new Wildlife Biology Field Training Program for 2022 is held at the Los Amigos Biological Station in Southeastern Peru. Participants were able to select from four specialty tracks:
1.) Primate Monitoring
2.) Biodiversity and Wildlife Health
3.) Animal Movement and Spatial Ecology
4.) Conservation Genetics
Participants work alongside experienced researchers and veterinary scientists to gain valuable field experience in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots in the Peruvian Amazon. This program is for aspiring biologists, anthropologists, veterinarians and others interested in biodiversity conservation, genomics, field research, and the One Health approach. Students assist with data collection for active research projects, with the possibility of continued involvement beyond the program’s end.
Genomics in the Jungle
For our fourth Genomics in the Jungle field course, the theme is biodiversity monitoring in the Amazon. More specifically, we will be metabarcoding from environmental DNA (eDNA) and trace DNA samples in order to identify species present at our field site in Southeastern Peru. We’ll sample from pug marks and oxbow lakes, as well as analyze the blood meals from arthropod vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks. Participants will learn a wide range of molecular research techniques at a modern in situ laboratory located at the edge of a 300,000 hectare conservation concession of intact lowland tropical rainforest. Skills to be taught include full pipeline DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing, and species identification with personalized instruction from experienced molecular biologists. Read more at the link below!
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