Primate Field Research

Project name:

Field Projects International

Project purpose:

Our field programs train research assistants to collect data on space use, feeding ecology, and social behavior of two species of tamarin, as well as collect fecal and other samples to study their reproductive biology and disease ecology. For more than a decade we have also run a large mark-recapture program 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.

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

450

Terrestrial

Peru

South America

Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills
  • field research skills
  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science
  • publishes work

Accommodation:

When does the project run?

June/July/August

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, refillable drinking water, cold shower, western toilet, wifi

How long can I stay?

4-6 week minimum

Requirements:

  • No previous field experience required. 
  • Candidates will submit application, CV, two references, and have a phone or Skype interview. 
  • More details on website.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Our research assistantship programs operate from the Los Amigos Biological Station in the Madre de Dios department of Southeastern Peru. Our long-term research primarily focuses on primates, covering topics such as growth and development, life history, health and parasitology, reproduction, spatial ecology, and communication. In recent years our mark-recapture program has expanded to include birds, bats, and small terrestrial mammals as well, as we investigate community disease ecology.

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