Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity in Ecuador

Experience first hand one of the biodiversity hotspots of the planet.

Key Information
  • Travel to Ecuador and visit the cloud forest and Amazonian rainforest
  • Open to all – No prior biology training necessary
  • Learn about the origins and maintenance of the ultra-high and threatened biodiversity of the tropics
  • Develop your sense of independence – plan for your life abroad with a dedicated support team
  • Work alongside conservation researchers and indigenous community colleagues at Timburi Cocha Research Station
  • Commitment – The expedition begins in Quito, Ecuador on 11 June and finishes in Quito on 28 June. You will need to organise travel around this (see below).
  • Ten places are available on a self-funded basis.

Important: This is a self-funded opportunity. You will need to buy your own ticket to Ecuador in addition, the all-inclusive cost of the field course once you are in Ecuador is £1800 (snacks and drinks are not included).

Detailed Information

This field course takes place within the Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot, in the small South American country of Ecuador.
The principal focus of this tropical ecology unit is biodiversity and how to measure it. The first few days of the course are spent in Andean cloud forest – home to pumas and Andean bears, but renowned for its bird and air-plant diversity. The rest of the field course is spent at the Timburi Cocha Research Centre, in a remote indigenous Kichwa territory in Amazon rainforest.
On this field course, you will have the opportunity to compare two very different and very diverse ecosystems. You will have the opportunity to see colourful birds and illusive mammals and, of course, an uncountable number of fascinating different plants and invertebrates.

As well as learning about the natural world around you, how to quantify and study it, and how to design and analyse your own research project, you will be challenged to think about conservation in the context of indigenous communities.

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