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AMAZONIAN ABCS: FUNDAMENTALS OF RAINFOREST ECOLOGY AND FIELD BOTANY

Educational Organization:
Field Projects International

Date Posted:
2018-01-17

Program Description:
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is intended to provide an introduction and broad overview of Amazon forest ecology and conservation, with a taxonomic focus on plants and a geographic focus on the Madre de Dios basin in southeastern Peru. The overarching theme is the incredible biodiversity of Amazon rainforests, the key factors and processes underlying its creation and maintenance, including primate-led seed dispersal, and the impact of anthropogenic disturbance ? past, current and future ? on these critically essential forest ecosystems. Classroom-style lectures will complement extensive field-based activities and interpretation, and individual and group projects. The basics of tropical plant taxonomy and field botany skills will be imparted through hands-on instruction and practice. The 2-week course will be divided between two long-term research sites and field stations on the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers that provide access to a variety of representative habitats. Note that the same two sites are not used in each course.

Entrance Qualifications:
There are a few simple requirements to determine eligibility for this course:

*You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the course.
*You must have medical insurance, and provide proof of such insurance to us to complete your reservation.
*We have no citizenship requirements. *Anyone is welcome to apply. You must obtain visas to Peru independently if necessary.
*You do not need any training in biology; our course is structured to accommodate people from a variety of backgrounds.
*Courses have a maximum capacity of 12 participants. If you are concerned that you will lose your spot, please contact us to confirm how many spots we have left.

Tuition / Fees:
The fee for this course is $2500 and is due in full 6 weeks after online registration or by May 1, 2018, whichever comes first. The fee includes the following:

*Food and lodging for the entire course.
*Round-trip travel from Puerto Maldonado to the field station and back
*Experienced instructors and field equipment.

This course fee does NOT include:

*International travel to and from Puerto Maldonado, Peru
*Travel or health insurance (proof of health insurance is required for course attendance).
*Rubber boots, binoculars, flashlight and insect repellent (all of which are required to take this course).

Support (scholarships, travel):
There are two ways to obtain financial assistance for attending this field course. You may participate in both of these programs simultaneously as follows:

Scholarships: This year, we are offering two scholarships to participate in this class, one targeting a Peruvian citizen and the other is open to applicants of different nationalities. For the application details please visit our scholarships page.

Fundraising: FPI can now provide a peer-to-peer crowdfunding platform for all field course students. You will be able to make your own fundraising page to share with your contacts and social networks. At the end of the fundraising period, FPI will issue a discount code to you for 100% of the funds that you have raised. You would then enter this code as you make your final course payment. If you raise enough to cover all (or part) of your initial reservation fee, you would be refunded that portion as well. Please note that funds raised in excess of your program fees will be rolled into our scholarship fund. Also, if you withdraw from the course at any time, your donors cannot get a refund. In this case, all of those funds would also roll over into our scholarship fund for other students. To set up this option, please register for a course, first, and then contact us at info@fieldprojects.org to set up your fundraising page.

Start + End Dates:
June 3-16, 2018 and July 15-28, 2018

Application Deadline:
May 1, 2018

Contact Information:
Mrinalini Watsa
USA

Website:
https://fieldprojects.org/course/amazonian-abc/

E-Mail Address:
info@fieldprojects.org

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