PRIMATES PERU

Where research meets education and conservation

aka Field Projects International   |   Escondido, CA   |  https://fieldprojects.org

Mission

Primates Peru (DBA Field Projects International) conducts research and provides educational opportunities for a diverse international audience with an interest in tropical ecology and field biology. Such work is carried out through short-term and long-term training programs based at field stations in Peru and India. Our strength lies in bringing experienced biologists and exceptional teachers together with students of all backgrounds in order to educate the next generation of natural historians and conservationists. In addition, our research, outreach initiatives, and global partnerships further support the the goal of conserving and protecting threatened ecosystems worldwide.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Gideon Erkenswick Watsa

Main address

443 Old Via Rancho Dr.

Escondido, CA 92029 USA

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EIN

46-3614876

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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Field Courses

Two to three week field courses held in diverse locations across the world, providing budding students and instructors with training opportunities in tropical biology.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In this program, we recruit students with an interest in tropical field research, focused primarily on primate research in South America, and train them in state-of-the-art technology and cutting edge field methodology to become conservationists, researchers and natural historians

Population(s) Served
Adults

Many of the world’s most biodiverse areas have the fewest resources for monitoring human-wildlife interactions, and this not only threatens their survival, it also elevates disease risks shared by humans and other animals. Globalization and climate change, both fueled by human actions, exacerbate these shared risks, and our challenges are too complex for a single group of nations or states to address; we need a global effort. The In Situ Lab Initiative (ISL) hopes to catalyze this movement by empowering local scientists and community leaders with modern wildlife population monitoring and pathogen surveillance tools. ISL represents a movement towards a decentralized and community-run One Health laboratory network. In literal terms, we are making a blueprint for performing routine wildlife community health assessments and pathogen screening in-country and near sites of sample collection. The ISL initiative formally launched in October 2020, with the first hub of the decentralized network to be established in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Our primary aim is to provide opportunities for participants around the globe, regardless of their background, to experience and learn about tropical ecology and field biology. In attracting a diverse student body, we hope to create an inclusive, multi-cultural model for educating the next generation of natural historians and conservationists. We also seek to improve science communication through outreach initiatives that not only increase science literacy, but hopefully also nurture a passion for understanding and protecting natural systems.

We conduct primary research in the Peruvian Amazon where we train research assistants from around the globe the skills and techniques necessary to safely and effectively conduct biological field work.

In addition, we recruit experienced field researchers and educators to teach field courses in India and Peru. These courses offer specialty training in a variety of disciplines related to tropical ecology, ranging from primatology and entomology, to herpetology and ornithology. For every course we offer a minimum of two full scholarship, including one exclusive to citizens of the host country.

We have witnessed firsthand the changes that occur in the participants who have joined us for these demanding programs in rustic, tropical field conditions. They have routinely inspired us by matching these challenges with the very best in their nature, often in excess of what they thought themselves capable of. Additionally, each of our programs entail working and living in close quarters with other students from all over the world, which promotes cross-cultural respect and understanding: a primary outcome that we strive to achieve.

FPI also promotes science outreach and environmental stewardship through special events and media, while our research and global partnerships support the conservation and protection of threatened ecosystems worldwide.

We have talented, creative, and experienced instructors who, above all, love to teach. Whether they hold academic posts, boast scientific publications, and/or are highly respected in their fields, they each are focused on educating the next generation of natural historians and conservationists.

Copious research has resulted from our many years operating in the Amazon, including the publication of our ongoing field protocols in Neotropical Primates. Over that time we have also mentored young scientists from around the globe, collaborated with other researchers, and built lasting partnerships with organizations that share our vision.

From a two-person organisation in 2009, hesitantly asking for volunteers, our group has grown into an accredited non-profit organization operating on two continents, with new field sites in the works. Since our early days, there has been a shift from research to education, and we have successfully awarded 27 full scholarships to date. In 2016, our programs attracted participants from 12 different countries, and we consistently push boundaries to provide opportunity to those who cannot come by it easily enough. Our vision for the future is to expand our outreach programs, not only focusing on tropical ecology and conservation, but also diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

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PRIMATES PERU

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
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Board chair

Gideon Erkenswick Watsa