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Subject: Field Course: Amazonian ABCs - Fundamentals of Rainforest Ecology and Field Botany (Peru)

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Dates: Dec. 31 - Jan 14 (Session 1) or Feb 1 - 15 (Session 2)

Location: Inkaterra Guides Field Station & Malinowski Biological Station, Southeastern Peru

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2017, or until slots are filled

Course Description:

This course is intended to provide an introduction and broad overview of Amazon forest ecology and conservation, with a taxonomic focus on plants and a geographic focus on the Madre de Dios basin in southeastern Peru. The overarching theme is the incredible biodiversity of Amazon rainforests, the key factors and processes underlying its creation and maintenance, and the impact of anthropogenic disturbance – past, current and future – on these critically important forest ecosystems. Classroom-style lectures will complement extensive field-based activities and interpretation, and individual and group projects. The basics of tropical plant taxonomy and field botany skills will be imparted through hands-on instruction and practice. The 2-week course will be divided between two long-term research sites and field stations on the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers that provide access to a variety of representative habitats.


  • Explore one of the most biodiverse areas in the world for plants – lowland Amazon rainforest – from two unique field sites. 
  • Hike over a quarter of a mile on the iconic Inkaterra Rainforest Canopy Walkway, 98 feet above the ground.
  • Setting up vegetation transects and plots for floristic inventories and long-term monitoring
  • Learn to identify plants in the absence of floral and fruit characteristics
  • Several hours of boat ride and wildlife viewing along meandering Amazonian rivers 
  • Explore a variety of ecosystems- lakes, palm swamps, bamboo patches, clay licks, primary (old growth) forest, secondary forest, and riparian successional forest.
  • Visit Colpa Chuncho, an incredible clay lick that attracts dozens of birds and mammals
  • Stay on after the field course and visit iconic archaeological sites such as Machhu Picchu. 

Program Costs:

The fee for this course is $2500, and includes the following:

  • Food and lodging for the entire course.
  • Transportation to and from Puerto Maldonado to the field sites.
  • Experienced instructors and field equipment.

This course fee does NOT include:

  • International travel to Peru.
  • Local airfare to Puerto Maldonado
  • Travel or health insurance (proof of health insurance is required for course attendance).
  • Rubber boots, binoculars, flashlight and insect repellent (all of which are required to take this course).

Financial Aid:

Scholarships: This year, we are offering two scholarships to attend this course, one targeting a Peruvian citizen and the other is open to applicants of other nationalities. For the application details please visit our scholarships page (

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: FPI can now provide a peer-to-peer crowd funding platform for all field course students. You will be able to make your own fundraising page to share with your contacts and social networks. At the end of the fundraising period, FPI will issue a discount code to you for 100% of the funds that you have raised. You would then enter this code as you make your final course payment. If you raise enough to cover all (or part) of your initial reservation fee, you would be refunded that portion as well. Please note that funds raised in excess of your program fees will be rolled into our scholarship fund. Also, if you withdraw from the course at any time, your donors cannot get a refund. In this case, all of those funds would also roll over into our scholarship fund for other students. To set up this option, please register for a course, first, and then contact us at to set up your fundraising page.

For further details and to register visit the course page,

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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