Semester

Biodiversity & Development in the Amazon

Peru

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Get into the field!

At the heart of this program are the conflicts and synergies of conservation and development in the north Peruvian Amazon region. The program includes a multi-day excursion to the Sacred Valley, the city of Cusco—the hub for visitors to Machu Picchu—and the adjacent Andean highlands. Students learn firsthand about the ecological patterns and processes that underpin the extraordinary biodiversity of the Amazon region along the catchment of the western Amazon River and its tributaries. Students explore biological diversity and conservation, ecological interactions, and the value of ecosystem services, as well as the effects of climate change and land use on regional and global biodiversity and human well-being.
 

Language:
Coursework is taught in English
Credits:
18
Prerequisites:
One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age

Semester


Location

Loreto - Peru


Spring 2018

January 29 - May 9

Full

Fall 2018

August 27 - December 5

Open


Sample Itinerary

Price

Tuition:

$16,950

Room & Board:

$5,000


?   Total Cost:

$21,950

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Academics

Peru SFS Web (60)

What You'll Study


  • Biodiversity assessment
  • Landscape ecology and habitat fragmentation
  • Climate change
  • Conservation practice
  • Sustainability of rural livelihoods
  • Biogeography
  • Indigenous knowledge and histories
  • Ecosystem services and carbon markets

What You'll Practice


  • Species identification
  • Setting up research plots and transects
  • Bird call playback
  • Primate behavior observation
  • Quantitative & qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Scientific writing and communicating science to the public
  • Language (Spanish)

Student Research Projects


  • Evaluation of community attitudes toward waste management
  • Ecological niche modeling and conservation assessment of black-headed night monkeys (Aotus nigriceps)
  • Antimicrobial properties of commercially-used tree ferns for combating human skin bacteria Staphylococcus
  • Community solutions to restoring water quality
  • Population dynamics of tree ferns in the Peruvian Eastern Andes


LEARN MORE

Center for Amazon Studies


Peru

Students attending this program will be based at the SFS Center for Amazon Studies just outside of Iquitos, Peru. Click here to find out more about the Center and life at the field station.

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