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Subject: Tropical Conservation Science in Peru (July 10-24, 2017)

Peru Tropical Conservation Science - SUNY ESF (Environmental Science and Forestry)

This is a two part course. The first part is an online course where you will design a research project, and the second part involves you traveling to the Peruvian Amazon to conduct your research at Los Amigos (CICRA) (http://www.acca.org.pe/nuestras-estaciones-biologicas/hacienda-villa-carmen-vc/). There are also some field exercises to help you get acquainted with the jungle and the use of different field methods.

Currently I work for the School for Field Studies here at Villa Carmen - another ACCA field station in Peru. My specialty is primate conservation biology, behavioral ecology, parasitology, and avian systems; however, you aren't limited to these topics. I'd be happy to discuss any ideas for research that you might have (wdhelenb@syr.edu). And if developing your own project sounds daunting, I have projects that I'm working on now here in Peru that you could easily expand upon.

This part of Peru is incredible, to say the least.

  • There is no other place in the world with more monkey species
  • There are nearly as many bird species at this field station as the entire continental U.S. combined
  • The field station, Los Amigos (CICRA) is in lowland Amazon rainforest in the Madre de Dios (Mother of God) (http://www.amazonconservation.org/ourwork/research_los_amigos.html)
  • Los Amigos is part of the first conservation concession ever awarded in Peru (360,000 acres)
  • There are oxbow lakes and the Madre de Dios river runs right by the station
  • Costs include all food, housing, in-country travel, and basic field research supplies

Last but not least. If you're interested in staying in Peru after the course, there are incredible adventures nearby: Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Nazca Lines, Inka Ruins and Trail, Lares Trek through the Andes Mountains and much more.

Feel free to email me with any questions and to discuss possible research topics. All together you will need to sign up for the online portion (2 credits) and field portion (3 credits) at http://www.esf.edu/visiting/summer/ 

You can also find more information online at http://tropicalconservationfund.weebly.com/study-abroad.html 

Will Helenbrook

http://helenbrook.weebly.com/

Resident Lecturer, Conservation Science and Directed Research

School for Field Studies, Peru

 

Visiting Instructor

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, New York


William Helenbrook <wdhelenb@syr.edu>
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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