Study Biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon

The Applied Biodiversity Science NSF-IGERT Program at Texas A&M announced its annual Amazon Field School will be May 13-31 in the lowland rain forests of southeastern Peru. The course will take place in the Tambopata National Reserve, a region with some of the highest recorded levels of biodiversity in the world. Students will engage in a variety of field methods from the biological and social sciences to evaluate the causes, consequences and solutions to biodiversity loss. Participants will explore a variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, visit local communities, organizations and ecotourism lodges, and talk with conservation practitioners and scientists.

Students are required to cover the cost of airfare (approximately $1,300), and some personal expenses (approximately $300), but all other food, lodging and local transportation will be provided. This course confers 3-4 academic credits and all Texas A&M graduate and upper division undergraduate students who have a strong interest in the social and ecological dimensions of biodiversity conservation are eligible.

To apply, send a two-page CV and letter of interest explaining why you want to attend this course by Friday (Dec. 11) to the Applied Biodiversity Science NSF-IGERT Program Coordinator Elizabeth Shapiro:  absigert@tamu.edu. For more information, see: http://biodiversity.tamu.edu/field_school.html.

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