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Subject: Field Course: Intense about Insects - Tropical Entomology in the Peruvian Amazon

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Dates: Dec. 11 - 23, 2017

Location: Finca Las Piedras and the Los Amigos Biological Station, Southeastern Peru

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

Course Description:

The goals of this course are two-fold. First, participants will receive advanced training in insect diversity, form, and function, as well as field techniques that facilitate entomological research and conservation in the tropics, covering groups ranging from butterflies to beetles, bees, and aquatic insects, among others. Second, students will be introduced to an astonishing array of terrestrial and aquatic habitats that shelter a greater diversity of plant and animal species than anywhere else on the planet. Above all, participants learn by doing: we will spend most of our time studying actual insects in the field, from the tops of towering tropical trees to the bottom of oxbow lakes. Our field activities will be supplemented by selected readings from the primary literature covering topics on theoretical and applied tropical biology and entomology, as well as conservation in the Andes and Amazon regions. Participants will also gain exposure to cutting-edge research in other tropical biology fields at two of the most active biological research stations in the Neotropics.

This course will be held at Finca Las Piedras Field Station, operated by the Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon. Located in the floodplain of the Las Piedras River, this site runs programs on primate demography, plant phenology and biological inventories of the community on site. Later, we will travel to the Los Amigos Biological Station, also known by its Spanish acronym EBLA (Estación Biológico Río Los Amigos), which is run by the Amazon Conservation Association. 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 birds. 


  • Study insect diversity and biology in the world’s greatest rainforest
  • Explore the diverse ecosystems of the Amazon
  • Learn how to conduct field research in the tropics
  • Interact with biologists and other students from around the world
  • Learn about the processes that generate tropical biodiversity
  • Climb an emergent rainforest tree and explore the ‘last biological frontier’
  • Observe more species of plants and animals than anywhere else on earth

Program Costs:

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

  • Food and lodging for the entire course.
  • Round-trip travel to EBLA and Finca Las Piedras from Puerto Maldonado.
  • Experienced instructors and field equipment.

This course fee does NOT include:

  • Air travel to and from Puerto Maldonado, Peru.
  • 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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