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Field Projects International (Established 2009)
Educational Program
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Director: Mrinalini Erkenswick Watsa
Phone: 314-649-8636   Fax: 314-282-9497   E-Mail:
7331 Murdoch Ave.,, Saint Louis, Missouri 63119 UNITED STATES

Mission: Field Projects International (formerly PrimatesPeru) is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the study and conservation of tropical ecosystems. We conduct wildlife research and field training at sites around the world, from the Peruvian Amazon to India's Western Ghats. Since we were founded in 2009, we have trained more than 200 research assistants and field course students from across the globe, and have awarded awarded 27 full scholarships.

Principal Research Programs: 1. Long-term mark-recapture program focused on a population of saddleback and emperor tamarins
2. Long-term disease ecology program tracking health and parasites in primate community
3. Primate communication and dispersal
4. Primate sensory ecology

Training Opportunities: We provide a range of specialty field biology courses ranging from primatology and ornithology to herpetology and entomology. These courses are held in the Peruvian Amazon or India's Western Ghats, and cater to undergraduate and graduate students, but may also be taken by anyone with an interest in these fields of study. They are typically two to three weeks long, and focus on imparting practical skills through hands-on activities, such as radio telemetry, forest navigation, safety and field ethics, tree climbing, biological sampling, behavioral observation, etc.

We also provide longer-term research assistantships during the spring/summer months. These programs involve more intense training with opportunities to participate in data analyses later. They run from 3 to 8 weeks, depending on the program. These are rigorous and competitive programs that require an application process to be completed.

Financial Aid: We offer competitive scholarships for each of our field courses. One of these scholarships is always reserved for citizens of the countries where we conduct or programs and research. Presently, these are full scholarships covering the cost of the course, food, and lodging.

Number of Staff: 7

Associated Field Sites: Los Amigos Biological Field Station or Estacion Biologica Ri?o Los Amigos
Madre de Dios, Peru
Managed by the Amazon Conservation Association

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Cherrakarra P.O., Talapoya Post,
Mananthavadi, Wayanad Dist, Kerala, India

Supported Species: Alouatta sara (Bolivian red howler), Aotus nigriceps (black-headed owl monkey), Ateles chamek (Peruvian spider monkey), Callimico goeldii (Goeldi's marmoset), Pithecia rylandsi (saki monkey), Saguinus imperator (emperor tamarin), Saimiri boliviensis (Bolivian squirrel monkey)

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Last Updated: 2017-02-12

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