Biodiversity & Development in the Amazon

Environmental Field Studies Abroad

Biodiversity & Development in the Amazon

From the high-elevation cloud forests of the upper Amazon watershed to the glacial lakes and tropical montane forests of the Andes, Peru’s dramatic elevation gradient easily earns it a place among the five most biodiverse countries in the world. Peru holds the second largest tract of Amazon rainforest within its boundaries, and the rich natural resources of the northern Peruvian-Amazon region have supported human populations for millennia, including indigenous groups who still live in these forests. This combination of social and ecological diversity has made Peru a leading destination for biodiversity enthusiasts, anthropologists, scientists, educators, and students from around the world. The region is critically important for researching the origin and fate of the Amazon as well as its relationships with the communities living beneath its great canopy.

Join SFS in Peru and investigate the conflicts and synergies of conservation and development in the north Peruvian Amazon region. Learn firsthand about the ecological patterns and processes that underpin the extraordinary biodiversity of the Amazon region along the catchment of the western Amazon River and tributaries. Explore biological diversity and conservation, ecological interactions, and the value of ecosystem services, as well as the effects of climate change and land use on regional and global biodiversity and human well-being.

Subjects

  • Biology (General)
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Management
  • Latin American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Research Study
  • Natural Resources
  • Natural Sciences
  • Science
  • Tropical Biology
  • Environmental Management Systems / Policy

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