Fernanda looking at a kapok tree in the Amazon rainforestWe will explore the Amazon rainforest at the Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station in Ecuador, learning about the diversity of animals and plants that make it their home.

Students are required to conduct a monitoring project during our one-week stay at the field station, including:

  • Identifying major species of trees and animals
  • Applying concepts of scientific study design in the field
  • Conducting measurements on trees
  • Surveys to count and identify types of birds, mammals, and insects
  • Compiling data and conducting statistical analyses
  • Writing a scientific report

Though students will be working independently on assignments, the group as a whole will work on the project design and implementation, sharing data and participating in workshops to assist with the assignments.